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Currently in NYC — May 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A bit cooler with increasing clouds throughout the day

How is it mid-week already? How is it mid-May already? Time feels like it’s been flying lately. Our Wednesday will see morning sunshine that gives way to afternoon clouds. It will be a bit cooler with a high of 72°F. Clouds will set the stage for some overnight showers and a low of 56°F.

Have you seen the forecast for Saturday yet? It could be the first chance at 90°F in parts of our area! Make sure you have your summer clothes ready!

Bike Forecast: 8 out of 10

Stacy Blundell

What you need to know, currently.

As climate change and global warming grows, homes in the East Coast are facing an increasing risk of wildfires during the next 30 years.

Anyone renting or buying a house could, historically, look up its flood risk. However, for wildfire risks, homeowners were on their own. But now, thanks to a report and accompanying wildfire risk model produced by nonprofit First Street Foundation – which is the nation’s first and only property specific wildfire risk model – there is now information about wildfire risk across the lower 48 states.

The map also reveals wildfire intensity and how the risk will change as the environment continues to warm. The “Fire Factor” risk score will be included in residential real estate listing sites, like realtor.com, making the information more accessible to homeowners across the nation.

To create the report and map tools, the nonprofit ran computer models and simulated how wildfire spreads across different landscapes under different conditions.

The report finds about 80 million properties are at some level of wildfire risk during the next 30 years. 20.2 million properties face a “moderate” risk, or up to a 6 percent risk of a wildfire. 6 million properties face a “major” risk, or 6-14 percent risk of a wildfire, while about 1.5 million properties face “extreme risk,” or more than 26 percent risk. A total of 49.4 million properties face a “minor” risk, or a less than 1 percent chance of experiencing a wildfire over the next three decades.

According to the report, states like California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma are among the states most at risk of a wildfire. But, the Midwest and East Coast are also facing an increasing risk, as climate change spreads.

But, according to experts, there are steps that homeowners can take to make their homes safer against fire risks, like using fire-resistant building materials, removing vegetation or debris from the roof, windows and deck and making sure that all combustible materials are 30 feet away from the house, to name a few.

And now, you can know your wildfire risk too.

— Aarohi Sheth



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