2017 came to a close as the costliest wildfire season in California history. The Thomas fire burned into 2018, leaving in its wake 281,000 acres of charred earth and solidifying itself as the largest recorded wildfire in the state’s modern history. A year that started with the encouraging end of a four-year drought transitioned to one marred by destruction, displacement, and loss of life.
Currently, Cal Fire has totaled the acres burned in 2017 at over 1.4 million and the structures lost at over ten thousand. These staggering numbers remind us that no one is immune to catastrophe. Communities that in the past had been safe from wildfire were forced to flee and in some cases were left with no homes to come back to. In spite of our best plans, natural disasters can impact our lives in ways we never imagined.
Families often have good homeowners policies in place. But what many people don’t know is that there are additional features available that—if disaster strikes—can make a critical difference in both the overall impact of the wildfire and the experience for the family during and after the event.