Answers From The Ashes: Determining Origin And Cause
As smoke drifts across the entire U.S. from a very active wildfire season creating some apocalyptic-looking sunsets, more than 30,000 firefighters remain engaged in a relentless battle to save lives and structures.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) as of mid-September 2020, over $1.9 billion has been spent on suppression costs, with over 7,400 structures lost and 36 fatalities.
The cost to the insurance industry for claims related to losses of structures, agricultural, timber, and minerals—not to mention the economic impact losses—will certainly amount to billions of dollars in addition to suppression costs.
As the claims process begins in the aftermath of these wildfires, determining the origin and cause of the fires becomes critical.
Many think that a wildfire destroys the evidence of its origination; however, the opposite is true.