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Protecting Homes From Wildfires

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YAKIMA, Wash. - With wildfires ripping across the country this time of year, insurance companies are asking people to keep their homes safe.

Insurance agents say with the high temperatures and winds, there are several things homeowners can do to protect from damaging wildfires.

They say homeowners should have an escape and survival plan, make sure dried up leaves and branches are off roof and gutters, and make sure to have at least a 30-foot "green barrier" around the home.

One agent says the main thing is to be prepared for anything.

"They have to plan in advance, that's the most important thing, we have to assume it will happen," said Mike O'Halloran with State Farm Insurance.

Agents say it is a good idea to check with them periodically for new information about the coverage needed. Homeowners can also sit down with insurance agents to discuss proper coverage to recover from a wildfire.