Two Years: CM Wildfire Solutions™ Achieves 730-Day, No-Structures-Lost Milestone
Two years, or 730 days, have passed since a Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.1, customer has experienced fire loss due to wildfire. This achievement is a direct result of the CM Wildfire Solutions program and the diligent team that administers it. The last time an insured structure was lost to wildfire in a CM Solutions-eligible state was in the Glass Fire in California on Sept. 29, 2020. Church Mutual estimates it has saved more than $25.1 million in facilities damage due to wildfires since then.
"Although we have achieved more than 730 days without a Church Mutual-insured building succumbing to fire, we know wildfires are unpredictable and merciless, so it's important to remain vigilant - especially with two months of an already active fire season still ahead," said Eric Spacek, assistant vice president and wildfire prevention head at Church Mutual.
Church Mutual's CM Wildfire Solutions program uses sophisticated technology to track a wildfire and determine its path. If an insured facility is in the predicted path of the fire, wildfire suppression trucks are dispatched to clear nearby debris and, if necessary, spray a fire-retardant gel on the building to protect it. The company also works with its customers to prepare facilities ahead of fire season and mitigate possible risks to their facilities.
Church Mutual's achievement is remarkable considering the historic nature of the 2020 and 2021 wildfire seasons. According to CAL FIRE, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 2020 as the largest wildfire season recorded in California's modern history. And 2021 saw an estimated 2.6 million acres burned.
So far in 2022, Church Mutual has:
"The National Interagency Fire Center forecasts significant wildland fire potential throughout the West through December 2022 due to persisting drought conditions," added Spacek. "The CM Wildfire Solutions team will remain on deck to keep threatened buildings protected. Our goal is to ensure our customers can continue serving their communities."
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