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Wildfires, which occur in several types of climates and terrains, are a real danger and can pose a threat to people in many areas across the country. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, over 140,000 wildfires occur annually in the United States. Once a wildfire is started, drought or high winds can help them quickly gain strength and travel great distances in a short period of time.
The two most common types of wildfires are forest fires and grass/brush fires. Forest fires are commonly found in areas such as western state woodlands, mountain region forests, and other wooded areas across the country. Grass/brush fires often occur in rural areas and are most common during periods of drought or hot weather.
Wildfires can spread quickly and destroy or damage homes and property, including propane tanks and appliances. In addition to the intense heat and flames of a wildfire, fallen trees and power lines can present major problems for homeowners and emergency responders. Often, they block access routes for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.
We’ve compiled 10 things you should do to protect you and your family during a wildfire. Download below.