When it comes to dealing with the risk of wildfires, metal barns are an easy choice over similar wooden structures.
With the first day of spring behind us and the temperatures warming up, the risk of wildfire due to dry conditions increases across the nation. Whether sparked by human activity or natural causes, wildfires cause millions of dollars in property damage each year. In late 2016, the Appalachian region was torched by wildfires ranging from Alabama to Virginia. The mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee saw the most destruction, with resorts, restaurants, and shops going up in flames. Now, before the town and its residents can recover, another hot and dry season is quickly approaching – this time around, regions in the Midwest are feeling the burn.
Wildfires Rage in Oklahoma
According to USA Today, there is currently a wildfire burning out of control across the plains of western Oklahoma. A fire that started in an abandoned house spread to cover more than 1.5 square miles, destroying nine homes and forcing citizens nearby to evacuate the drought-stricken region. The state is already under the stress of wildfires and has set a record for wildfire damage for the month of March.
Officials from the Oklahoma Forestry Services have reported that the fire has spread to more than 1,000 acres and is less than 20% contained. More than 250 firefighters are on scene to fight the blaze, receiving support from air tankers dropping water on vast swathes of charred land. With massive amounts of damage and a rampant blaze nowhere near contained, this is shaping up to be a long summer for those in the path of these destructive fires. The cause of the initial fire in the abandoned house is still under investigation and officials believe human activity was likely involved.
Metal Barns from Elephant
There are measures you can take to prevent your buildings from succumbing to wildfires, but one of the best solutions is to invest in one of our high-quality metal barns. Our buildings are maintenance-free, nearly indestructible, and are designed and built to last for generations. We offer a wide selection of custom metal barns, carports, garages, and workshops to make it easy to create the perfect building for your home or business. For more information or to speak with one of our expert representatives, call us today. With available financing and free delivery and installation, a custom metal barn from Elephant is the most affordable and versatile building choice.Share: