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Insurance Companies Place Emphasis on Protecting Homes from Wildfires

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- With wildfire season upon us, some insurance companies are telling homeowners to reduce their wildfire risks, or their policies might get canceled.

They are asking many rural homeowners to take a quick look around their homes and remove brush to reduce the risk of fire.

And they are even denying some people insurance if they won't help out.

Another thing they recommend, is trimming back any trees that might be growing close to your home.

Those also put you at a higher risk.

Firefighters say a couple minutes each month could save your home.

"It's not just clearing the fuels back, it's, it can be really little things like where their wood pile is stacked.  A woodpile might get a brand that lands on it and catches the building on fire.  Of how clean their gutters are.  There's a lot of little things that people can do," said Bob Gear, Fire Chief at Benton County Fire District #1. 

Firefighters recommend the best thing you can do if you have a wildfire prone home, leave at least 25 feet of green around your home.

Also, if you live in a mobile home, make sure you've trimmed the grass under the house.