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Is your house at risk of a wildfire? This online tool could tell you

Added 05-16-22 05:07:01am EST - “Many people move without realizing the danger that wildfires pose to their new home. A new risk rating system could help buyers learn more on real estate sites.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Is your house at risk of a wildfire? This online tool could tell you”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Wildfires are causing billions in damage every year and yet many homebuyers have little idea whether their house is at risk. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Wildfires are causing billions in damage every year and yet many homebuyers have little idea whether their house is at risk.

For more than 50 years, anyone buying or renting a house could look up how vulnerable it is to flooding. But for wildfire risk, homeowners were mostly in the dark.

Even with thousands of homes destroyed by wildfires every year, most people who move receive little or no information about the risk they're taking on.

Now, a non-profit research group is releasing a first-of-its-kind tool for homeowners. Produced by First Street Foundation, the ratings tool shows the wildfire risk for properties across the lower 48 states, and shows how that risk will change as the climate gets hotter. The information will be shown on Realtor.com, expanding to other real estate sites later.

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