What Should You Be Knowing About Wildfire Land Claims?

Wildfire these days are a common phenomenon. How the fire spreads all over the place and the discourse, it takes is a whole new phenomenon. The entire process of estimating the level of damage by the origin and cause of the wildfire has caused all over the place needs special expertise. One should check whether the fire at a particular place was speeded due to the weather at that place. Especially, when you want to book an insurance firm to calculate all the losses incurred, you need to be aware of the basics. These are a set of 5 questions you need to ask before filing for wildfire land claims.

Importance of the defensible area 

A defensible area is known as the piece of land which is maintained around a structure that serves as a defensive shield. This is done by clearing off all the inflammable materials in the space around the building so that it doesn’t aid the spread of fire. Also, the meaning of the wildland-urban interface has to be understood. The interface of the wildland and the urban setting is what leads to the spread of fire when not properly demarcated.

The importance of a defensible area also lies in the fact that it is much needed for the firefighters to defend the fire in case of any emergency. When no defensible area is provided, they are left stranded at distances away from the building. Also, the path taken by the fire to reach the building is lessened and narrowed by the maintenance of a defensible area.

Understand wildlife urban interface 

Wildlife urban interface is the space where the wildlife and the urban zones of a place meet. The land prices in this particular region are very high. The accumulation of vegetation beneath the surface of the soil is what leads to the spread of fire easily as it acts like fuel. Any area which falls at a distance of about 0.5 miles from the Wildlife Urban Interface, then space is designated as Wildlife Urban interface only.

There are two kinds of Wildlife Urban Interface namely:

  • Intermix Wildlife Urban Interface 

The lands designated as intermix wildlife urban interface are the ones in which 40 acres of land has one house. Also, the percentage of vegetative matter beneath the surface of the soil is either more than 50% or 75%.

  • Interface Wildlife Urban Interface 

The lands designated as interface Wildlife Urban Interface are the ones in which 40 acres of land has one house. The percentage of vegetative matter beneath the surface of the soil is lesser than 50%.

If one could say that the instances of wildfire have increased tremendously in the past few years, the main reason can be attributed to the growth of the population. When the population moves to the wildlife urban interface and builds infrastructure there due to the lack of space in urban areas, it means the structure is being erected on the vegetative matter. Also, these days combustible material is used in the construction of homes and other structures. Stricter codes and laws have been put in place to check the kind of construction materials being used.

Fire travels faster uphill than downhill 

This is one major fact you need to know. Generally, any object that rolls from a higher point in a surface rolls down quickly due to gravity. But, this is not the same in the case of fire. Fire tends to move upwards as the wind only flows in the upward direction. The travel direction of heat is on a vertical upward motion which when coupled with the flow of wind tends to spread the fire easily in uphill. Whereas, if a fire has originated uphill already, then the chances of fire moving downhill are comparatively less.

Embers and wildlife fire 

Embers are the burning pieces of coal and wood that don’t give any flame but keep letting out smoke. It is said that these embers can travel miles and cause further more damage to the places of the room. There are a lot of reasons why embers spread easily from one place to another. Some of the most common ones are listed below.

  • Fuel 

The kind of vegetation present in the place serves as one of the most important origins and causes for the spread of embers. These fuels up the healing process of the ember and the pieces move from one place to another in a much quicker manner.

  • Speed of the wind 

When the wind flows very fast, then the embers can get carried in the air in a much faster manner. The speed of the wind varies from place to place.

  • Humidity 

The drier the air, the quicker the embers burn. When the air has much moisture content in it, then the burning process of the ember takes a much longer time. This is one of the major reasons why dry forests spread fire easily.

  • Investigate report 

When you rely completely on the fire service personnel to know the origin and cause for the fire, then you can get the entire idea completely wrong. The fire service personnel are trained for various reasons and also the level of training imparted to this personnel vary from person to person. Each one might present a different report on how the fire has spread from one place to another.

These are some of the things you need to be knowing regarding wildlife fire claims. Also, when you plan to erect a structure or any infrastructure near the wildlife urban interface, the chances of the wildlife fire hitting the infrastructure becomes damn high. With the increasing amount of wildlife fires, it is pertinent to understand the origin and cause behind the wildlife fires.

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