Photo courtesy of National Interagency Fire Centerour paragraph here.

In creating the Blaze simulation, the intent was not only to teach about the dangers of wildfires to your home, but also to show the proper steps to take to secure your house in preparation for a fire. With over 4,200 communities having wildfires that are bigger than 100 acres burn within 10 miles of their homes, it is crucial to understand what to do in case of a wildfire emergency.  Even if many people do not think they are at risk, wildfires are becoming more frequent, and the US Forest Service has spent up to 1.7 billion dollars on wildfire costs alone. It is our goal to minimize damage to your house in these catastrophic fires, but also to save the lives of the firefighters protecting homes in these communities. 

In 2015, the U.S. faced it's worst season in history for wildfires. Close to 70,000 wildfires were reported, and over 10 million acres of land was destroyed. Thousands of firefighters risk their lives every year to keep these fires contained and protect homes. The state of Washington experienced its worst wild fire season in 2015, and was declared a federal emergency. Although these firefighters are very experienced and take every safety measure possible, there is still a risk. Three young men lost their lives fighting wildfires in August of 2015. We believe that we can do more to help our everyday heroes. Blaze can teach home owners how to do their part in protecting our communities and firefighters. 

WHY?

Photo courtesy of National Interagency Fire Centerour paragraph here.