As of September 2015, 27 active wildfires were burning around the United States, damaging nearly 1.6 million acres of land. The valley fire in California — deemed one of the most destructive wildfires in U.S. history — had burned a total of 70,000 acres, destroyed 585 homes and displaced 13,000 people before it was even 30 percent contained.
The 2015 wildfires are estimated to result in $237.3 billion of damage in just seven U.S. states. Part of these damage costs includes those to HVAC systems. For members and service providers living and working in affected areas, a big job lies ahead in helping to ensure the safe operation of HVAC systems following the prolonged burn of 2015’s wildfires.