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Due to the ongoing concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, Pelham Batesville Fire Department will be putting the following into effect immediately. Our primary concern is for our Employees safety and we feel that these changes in the way we operate will lower our risk of exposure to the virus. We will be constantly evaluating the situation and the guidelines that are released and will make changes as necessary.

It is important that we all do our part to help reduce the spread of the virus. We still have a job to do and an obligation to the citizens that we serve, thus making it impossible to completely eliminate the risk.

  • All public meetings at any Station are postponed until further notice.

  • All public education activities at any Station that are scheduled are postponed until further notice.

  • All routine inspections will be suspended until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause to the citizens of our District. If you would like more information concerning the COVID-19 Virus please follow the link to the CDC's Website below.

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What causes fires?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, in recent years, fire season has expanded from being a four-month ordeal to being six to eight months. Even winter wildfire outbreaks occur.

Fire season has become more destructive and erratic due to:

  • Winter snows melting earlier

  • Rain arriving later in the fall

  • Extended drought

  • The spreading of invasive, easily flammable species like cheatgrass

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The number of homes for sale within wildfire zones in incredible. In California alone, Zillow reports that nearly 500,000 homes are located in wildfire-prone areas of the state. These houses have a combined value of greater than $200 billion.

These at-risk areas don’t do much to slow down real estate ventures into these neighborhoods. In fact, a study out of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas found that although real estate prices tend to go down in the immediate aftermath of a wildfire, home values return to their pre-fire numbers in as little as one to two years. From 2000 to 2010, homes in heavily forested areas increased from 12.5 million units to 44 million.

Though home values can return quickly, fires can still cause devastating damage. In 2018 alone, 8.7 million acres were burned in wildfires, leaving behind more than $24 billion worth of damage.

When you’re a homeowner in a wildfire-prone area, the potential risks and costs are staggering. From higher insurance premiums to the risk of losing belongings, pets and the home you love, the costs can be immeasurable. To ensure you are protected if a wildfire breaks out in your neighborhood, it’s important to know if wildfire insurance is a good idea for you.

Is your home at risk?

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