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California's megafires spur insurers to send in special, private crews before a blaze hits

September 27, 2021

Though such contractors have been assisting the U.S. Forest Service with fire mitigation for the past 35 years, they represent a thickening layer of structure defense against California's increasingly powerful megafires. The threat of property damage has grown with the size of the fires and also with more residents building their homes in forested places, areas known as the wildland urban interface, or WUI.