Wildfire Risk

A wind-driven wildfire near Boulder, Colorado has now destroyed at least 135 homes making it the most destructive in the state’s history, according to a report at the DailyCamera.com.

It notes that the property damage has eclipsed that of the 2002 Hayman Fire, which destroyed 133 homes and scorched 138,114 acres southwest of Denver.

So far, the Four Mile Canyon wildfire has burned approximately 7,100 acres, according to authorities. Around 3,500 residents have been evacuated from about 1,000 homes since the fire started Monday, though some will be allowed back into the area today.

The Rocky Mountain Insurance Association is a great insurance information resource for residents in the path of the fire. Also, check out Twitter #boulderpage for local updates on the fire and @YahooNews/boulderfire for latest coverage.

Why some properties survive a wildfire while others burn is the subject of a timely post over at the Disaster Safety blog.

Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on wildfires.

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