A recent report brings bad news for California residents. The wildfires that have plagued California are only going to get worse in the future. If you live in California, you need to make sure you have the proper insurance policies to protect your home and your bank account.
The report, “Observed impacts of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire in California” was created by professors from Columbia and the University of California. Its findings make it clear that the wildfires that have been troubling California over the last several years are a direct consequence of climate change, which means these wildfires are only going to get more severe, and more intense in the future.
While there’s a lot to go over in the report, there are a few key findings that really stand out.
The first is the long-term trend of warming. “Increased summer forest‐fire area very likely occurred due to increased atmospheric aridity caused by warming,” reads the report. This anthropogenic warming was likely facilitated by summer forest fires caused by drying fuels. The author’s of the report believe that this trend is going to continue.
The total area burned in California each year has increased by 500% during 1972-2018. The main culprit is summer forest fires. Since these fires are only becoming more frequent, that statistic is only going to get worse.
Scientists believe that global warming will not only cause temperatures to increase around the world, but it will also completely transform weather systems. California, for example, is expected to start getting less precipitation in the fall. That means that the fall season may have its own fire problem soon.
All of this is not to dissuade people from living in California. However, it does mean that if you are a California resident it is more important than ever to have the proper insurance policies in place to protect your home from wildfires.
If you want to talk about your current insurance policy, or learn about your options for a new one, we encourage you to reach out to TGS Insurance at www.tgsinsurance.com to learn more.