The non-profit First Street Foundation has made publicly available a database that assesses the wildfire risk of all U.S. homes.
The organization’s model uses multiple data points including property tax data and satellite imagery to assign a wildfire risk score to each home. It factors in construction type, roof type, weather, and exposure to natural fuels like trees and grass.
The information can guide homebuyers in their purchases. More than 71% of recent homebuyers took natural disasters into account when considering where to move, according to a recent survey. About half of respondents said they were more concerned about natural disasters today than they were five years ago.
Wildfires have been tracked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration since 1980. Since then, 66% of property damage has occurred in the last five years. Insured damage from wildfires last year totaled $5 billion.