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Buyers now have tool to check a home’s wildfire risk

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Seattle Times | Heidi Groover

[…] The information now appears alongside flood risk on Realtor.com, one of the country’s largest listing services, the latest sign of the new reality wrought by climate change and worsening fire seasons.

The data comes from the New York-based nonprofit First Street Foundation, which has modeled and mapped wildfire risk across the country.

In a report released this week, the group projects that nearly 72 million homes nationally face some level of wildfire risk this year. The model predicts that will grow to nearly 80 million, or 56% of all properties, during the next 30 years — the length of the typical home mortgage.

Keep reading: Planning to buy a house in Washington? You may want to check the wildfire risk

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