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State Farm warns homeowners of wildfire risk

Posted On Tue, June 14, 2011

With Arizona in the midst of one of its worst wildfire seasons in the state's history, the insurance company State Farm is reminding all homeowners that no one is immune to the environmental disaster.

According to statistics gathered from the National Interagency Fire Center, the insurance giant says 3.2 million acres have burned as a result of wildfires in the U.S. this year.

With virtually every state having had at least one wildfire, State Farm says all homeowners should adhere to a few safety rules, especially now that the hot summer months are around the corner.

For instance, the source states homeowners should be sure to remove all flammable things that are within 100 feet of a property, such as dead shrubs, long grass and twigs. State Farm says proper maintenance, such as regular mowing and raking can reduce a home's risk of being affected by a wildfire as well.

The insurance giant also says homeowners should be sure to clear their gutters of debris, as unkempt gutters can pose a fire hazard.

Based on the latest statistics available, Texas saw the highest number of acres that burned in 2009, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center, with thousands filing home insurance claims.

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