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Fire Defense Commentary

Better Resilient Building Must Become Our Priority

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Fire Defense Commentary

Better Resilient Building Must Become Our Priority

July 21, 2019 by Steve Conboy

Rebuilding with insurance or government assisted funding should mandate using best practices for the specific type of storm destruction in the region. For flooding we can rebuild making homes as water proof as boats. If it's wild fire we need to build with Class A fire treated lumber and using exterior trims and siding that are fire resilient. If for a hurricane or tornado winds maybe be building with more concrete block, metal frame and steel.

Hurricane season began officially on June 1, and as any experienced responder knows — it only takes one storm making landfall to create chaos.

Wildfires have already been sparking fires across the country in the last week, with blazes breaking out in California, Alaska, as well as in parts of Arizona.

"U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department officials recently warned senators that the upcoming wildfire season would be worse than last year's, which killed hundreds of people and caused billions of dollars in damages", CNN reported.

The fire season typically doesn't become a big threat until late summer and into fall for the Northwest, but looking at the fire outlook, AccuWeather Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said, "conditions are favorable in parts of the Southwest for development now".

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