EVEN AS SCIENCE’S KNOWLEDGE of wildfires and the causes of home ignition grows, the number of homes destroyed by wildfire each year is on the rise. M Fire is about to make big news on multiple ways to make house more resilient to all wild fires.
There is no comprehensive method for tracking how many homes are lost each year in the U.S., but the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) does track loss numbers for the nation’s largest wildfire incidents. Tallying those losses offers a glimpse of a troubling trend.
From 1985 to 2000, NIFC data shows that an annual average of 400 residences were destroyed in large wildfires. From 2001 to 2011, the number jumped to 1,354, and during the five years from 2012 to 2016, an annual average of 3,456 residences were destroyed by wildfire. With more than 6,000 homes destroyed last October in California alone, 2017 will again boost the annual averages.