Top 10 States With Most Homes At Risk For Wildfire Damage

Homeowners in wildfire risk states aren't out of the woods yet - the next two months of wildfire season have the potential to flare up due to drought conditions, according to a new report.

More than 1.2 million homes in the West -- including Texas, California, Colorado, Oregon and Arizona -- are at risk for being destroyed or damaged by wildfires, according to a report released this week. New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Idaho and Nevada make up the rest of the top 10 states at "very high risk" for wildfire damage, according to the CoreLogic's "2013 Wildfire Hazard Risk Report."

Potentially endangered homes in the top 10 states are valued at more than $189 billion, according to the report. Here are the states with the most homes that face a "very high risk" due to wildfires:
  1. Texas: 678,544 homes
  2. California: 375,500 homes
  3. Colorado: 200,443 homes
  4. Oregon: 107,388 homes
  5. Arizona: 48,823 homes
  6. New Mexico: 35,024 homes
  7. Montana: 26,468 homes
  8. Utah: 22,859 homes
  9. Idaho: 22,503 homes
  10. Nevada 11,698 homes

Beyond regions and states, the Irvine-based research firm looked at city areas, with property in and around Los Angeles deemed the most vulnerable. CoreLogic says more than 60,000 homes with a total value of almost $8.3 billion in the Los Angeles area could be damaged by wildfires. Nearby Malibu is "at the top of the list of ZIP code areas, with more than $700 million in potential residential property exposure to wildfire risk," according to the report.

Thomas Jeffery, CoreLogic's senior hazard scientist, says the study's relevance is underscored by the recent Rim fire in California's Sierra Nevada, which scarred 257,000 acres. He also pointed to another huge blaze, the Black Forest fire in Colorado's El Paso County that leveled more than 480 homes.

"Recent trends have proven that the risk of wildfire damage is a real and immediate threat to many homeowners in the Western U.S.," he says. "Coming off a record-setting year in 2012, the 2013 wildfire season has already presented a number of damaging fires. More importantly, the season is far from over. The next two months could be a critical time should fires continue to ravage the dry fuel areas in the West, as ongoing drought conditions in the region continue to exacerbate wildfire risk."