Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes, but all of them pose a threat to you and your home. Like hurricanes on the east coast, and twisters in the midwest, California has its special brand of environmental dangers. Among them, wildfires rank high on the list for those living in dry, arid SoCal climates. San Diego County in particular plays host to the vicious runaway flames every year.
For those living in the likely pathways of wildfires, the looming threat is both a nuisance and a serious concern. Facing the ubiquitous possibility of fires can provoke a great deal of anxiety in any homeowner. Recently, news of a raging fire near the southern border of San Diego county that consumed 16 buildings has kept the fear fresh for those living there and in other danger zones like Escondido and Santee. The looming threat of a wildfire arriving at your doorstep is more than enough reason for a homeowner to seek a safer environment. As warmer weather and increased danger approaches, the time might be right for a quick sale to get you out of the areas most at risk.
Wildfires are More Than Flames
There’s an optimistic mindset among some San Diego residents in the danger zone who feel that the likelihood of a wildfire actually taking over their home is relatively small. However, the threat is still real, and a practical mindset can be helpful. The reality is that the indirect impacts of every fire can inconvenience several thousand more homeowners than will actually lose their home to fire.
- Power outages. Wildfires, as they scorch the trees and vegetation in their paths, often come upon power lines and the poles that uphold them. Additionally, power companies, wary of starting fires, often shut off their grids during high winds and dangerous conditions conducive to wildfires in an effort to stop them from starting. While necessary, it’s a definite inconvenience for the thousands of homes impacted by the outages.
- Evacuations. When a wildfire proves potentially threatening to the well-being of those living in its path, residents are obliged to evacuate the area. For those residents affected, that means leaving their homes behind for days, not knowing when they’ll be able to safely return—or, in worst case scenarios, if they’ll be able to return at all.
- Loss. While a less likely outcome, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Fires pose a serious, existential threat to one’s home and self. Wildfires have been known to take lives and physical structures, in spite of the precautions families and communities take to offset the likelihood of the event.
No Sign of Ceasing
Living in the danger zone for wildfires, you may hold a hope that they’re becoming less common, or desire to see the measures taken to reduce their impact proven successful. The unfortunate reality is that neither are true, and the circumstances are only serving to increase both the frequency and the severity of wildfires. Factors that contribute to the ongoing problem include:
- Dead trees. A recent, startling report released this year found that 66 million trees stand dead in SoCal forests. Dead and dying oaks, sycamores, and willows create fire hazards, and the risks are only increasing year after year as the number of dead trees rises exponentially.
- Drought. While the arid climate of SoCal is one naturally drier than the rest of the country, a particularly dry period the last five years has led to record shortages. Experts agree the effects of this drought will continue to affect the forestry in SoCal for at least three more years, as trees attempt to make up for yearly shortfalls.
- Difficult Solutions. Those responsible for decreasing the threat are so far vexed as to which response is the best one to take. Desperate for answers, they’ve even turned to the practice of controlled fires, but those have controversial side-effects that give officials pause. A best-fit response is as of yet out of reach.
The Financial Impact of Wildfires
With an increased likelihood of wildfires, there are other financial factors that will impact your wallet. Insurance providers have hiked premiums to cover the costs of damages, passing the charges onto those paying monthly to insure their homes. It can cost you thousands of dollars a year, straining your household income. Additionally, home values have shown a tendency to drop following sustained wildfires in SoCal. In areas with histories of multiple incidents, home prices have dropped by 23%—a steep loss for any homeowner. With all the stress and fiscal pain wildfires pose to homeowners of San Diego county, there’s a better option for escaping the danger zone than trying to find someone else to move into it.
Explore Your Own Solution With a Quick Home Sale
Weathering the stress of living in the wildfire danger zone and reviewing the abundance of evidence that shows an increasing level of risk may be forcing you toward alternatives, including leaving the areas prone to disaster in favor of safer options. Instead of dealing with a lengthy traditional sale, which will keep you in the home and pathway of wildfires for potentially months, a quick home sale will allow you to escape now. It’s a simple, transparent process that takes the risky property off your hands so that you can move into an environment free of the stress that comes with wildfire threats. Contact us today for more information.Views: 6