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Wildfire risk assessment: California’s Butte fire

By Visualize Editor October 1, 2015

Almost 600 properties were damaged or destroyed as California’s Butte wildfire ripped through nearly 71,000 acres this past summer.

An analysis by FireLine®—Verisk’s wildfire risk management tool— determined that 97 percent of properties damaged or destroyed in the fire were at moderate, high, and extreme risk from wildfire.

Distribution of FireLine Hazard Category

Distribution of FireLine hazard category

Fuel Types and Damaged or Destroyed Properties

Fuel Types and Damaged or Destroyed Properties, Butte Fire, California
Source: GEOMAC (http://rmgsc.cr.usgs.gov/outgoing/GeoMAC/current_year_fire_data/California/Butte). Maps and analysis provided by David Baryudin, Dominic Ford, Hans Mayer, and Ting Wu of Verisk Insurance Solutions.

Read our analysis of the 2015 California wildfires