Though it seems like something you’d only encounter in movies, the recent Camp Fire in Northen California is the real deal and not a scene you’d want to see. Though California is not entirely new to wildfires, this one has already claimed the title of being the deadliest fire in the state’s history with 42 lives lost. It’s also consumed more than 117,000 acres of land and 7,100 homes and businesses. This would be the time when having a fire insurance policy would help greatly in terms of finances.
In the Philippines, there’s little to no record of wildfires. The most common type of wildfire occuring in the country are grass fires. This type is usually triggered through dry vegetation during warm and dry days. However, as much as wildfires are considered to be natural disasters, it was found that 85 to 90 percent of it are caused by humans. An example of this is the Mt. Pulag fire caused by hikers after leaving a portable burner behind.
Seemingly impossible to put out, there are instances where Mother Nature have helped contain wildfires with rain. One case is during the Canyonlands fire, Northern California fire, and more. While it’s a no-brainer that water puts out fires, this will all depend on its form. Will it be characterized by strong winds? How intense? Does it come with thunder and lightning? The answer is simple.
Rain can put out a fire if it is characterized by a slow-moving, low pressure system. With this ideal situation, it can help lower temperature and increase humidity. In fact, eight hours of this can soften the ground to absorb water and cause rain runoff. Partnered up with the right temperature, this would decrease the chances of a forest’s vulnerability to fire. It’s different with strong winds and rain as it can affect the work of firefighters and responders. The downpour will make search and rescue efforts more dangerous and difficult.
There are really times when the only time a person can do is to prepare themselves for whatever may happen. Always have a packed bag filled with all your essentials and a copy of your fire insurance in the Philippines and other policies you have to help you get back up.