More than 100,000 wildfires occur annually in the United States. A single spark from a cigarette, campfire or downed power line can ignite a blaze that could last for weeks.
Most wildfires occur in Western states where heat, drought and frequent thunderstorms create ideal conditions for outbreaks. According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis1, 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk for wildfires, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires have totaled over $5.1 billion during the past 10 years.