Over the past 30 years, most wildfires in Colorado and the surrounding areas have increased in severity, including destruction to both rural and urban regions. This increase has not gone unaddressed, however, as more and more fire safety resources and protection plans have been established in Colorado communities. For the businesses and homeowners, ServiceMaster DSI offers comprehensive fire damage restoration in Boulder, CO and the surrounding Denver-Aurora Metro area.
Why Colorado’s Wildfires Have Increased in Devastation
Climate Change: Since 2010, scientists and climate specialists have delved into the links between global warming and the increase in wildfires. Climate changes include year-round increased temperatures in combination with decreased precipitation.
History of Wildfire Suppression: Wildfires are dangerous, so it’s natural that over the years humans have attempted to suppress the spreading of forest or grass fires. In actuality, wildfires are a vital part of the Colorado ecosystem. Because they have been suppressed for many years, the ground cover that wildfires would normally keep in balance has instead accumulated in dry, thick layers. As such, any fires that ignite are more likely to reach higher levels of spreading and destruction.
Urban Growth: As Colorado becomes more and more populated, urban settlements are spreading deeper into regions where wildfires are most prevalent. This leads to increased risks of building damage and human-related causes of wildfire.
Decreasing the Risk of Wildfire on Your Property
Wildfire Basics: Wildfires move in several directions: horizontally across flat, grassy areas; vertically up trees and buildings; or diagonally jumping from horizontal spaces to varying vertical heights.
Fuels: Wildfires are able to move in these ways depending on the fuel provided. For example, a fire can move horizontally, burning the pine needles and brush on the ground, while simultaneously moving diagonally and vertically up the surrounding trees, creating dangerous crown fires at the tree tops.
Defensible Space: Every property has an area of defensible space surrounding it. This space is a section that can be cleared, trimmed, dug, or otherwise altered to create a fuel-free break between the potential wildfire space and a structure.
Structural Ignitability: The “ignitability,” or ability of a structure to catch fire depends largely on it buildings materials and the regularity of exterior maintenance. For example, a home with wood panels and an accumulation of pine needles on the roof has a higher ignitability than a concrete home with a well-maintained defensible space.
Contact ServiceMaster DSI for 24/7/365 emergency fire damage restoration in Boulder, CO and neighboring cities, and use the wildfire prevention and protection resources available.