California is in its fourth year of the worst drought in the last 1,200 years and things may get worse as California’s reservoirs have only one year of water supply left. Most Californian’s are concerned with saving water, but that shouldn’t be their only concern.
The long running drought has "created explosive fire conditions," said Mike Mohler, a fire captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). "Five years ago without a drought in California you would still get wildfires fires. But the vegetation wouldn't burn as quickly. Now there's zero moisture and you get explosive fire growth.” This drought has unfortunately brought higher temperatures and dryer vegetation; all excellent conditions for fires. In past years on average between January 1 and April 18, there would be 492 fires burning 1,300 acres. During the same time period in 2014, it was 862 fires burning 2,417 acres, and in 2015, 838 fires scorching 3,534 acres. And to think we aren’t even in the hottest part of the season yet!
Another concern is that firefighters use water to fight fires and according to Mohler “because of the drought we are having to locate other water sources for our aerial program. Some of the holding ponds in central California are just not there anymore. So we have to plan prior to the fires where the helicopters can go to fill up.” All of these factors lead to heavy forest and even house fires; are you ready for such assurance?
Start thinking about how you can be ready for a fire:
- Will my insurance cover a house fire or wildfire?
- Do I have 100-foot zone around houses where brush and anything combustible is cleared out?
- Are all my belongings cataloged?
If you answered no to number 3, I suggest you get on it. Even with the best insurance money can buy you still can end up a little singed if you can’t prove that your T.V. was $3,000 instead of $1,250. With altoserv you can list all your items with receipts (proof that it is a $3,000 T.V.) and photos.