Key findings from the 2015 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis

By Arindam Samanta  |  June 17, 2015

As California faces one of the most severe droughts on record, it’s not surprising that the 2015 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis identifies it as the state with the most households at high or extreme risk from wildfires — more than 2 million homes.

Interestingly, Montana, one of the three new states added to this year’s analysis, had the highest percentage of households with high or extreme wildfire risk, followed by Idaho, Colorado, and California.

The 2015 Verisk Wildfire Risk Analysis determined the number and percentage of households at high or extreme risk from wildfire in the 13 most wildfire-prone states. Here are some key findings from the analysis.


You can also view individual state risk reports that detail the number and percentage of households at low, medium, and high wildfire risk, plus the five counties at highest risk in each state.

To learn more and view reports, go to

Dr. Arindam Samanta

Dr. Arindam Samanta manages FireLine®, Verisk’s wildfire risk management tool for the insurance industry. In addition, his team develops and maintains a range of property risk-assessment tools related to hail, wind, and lightning that are part of Verisk's Prometrix® Peril and Incident Report and LOCATION® services. His scientific and technical expertise spans several areas, including advanced satellite remote sensing and image science, climate dynamics and change, data science and machine learning, and natural hazard risk analysis. The national and international news media—including the BBC and Nature and Science magazines—have highlighted his research. Dr. Samanta is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).