Big Bear Lake, CA, March 30, 2013 – A dry winter in California has officials concerned that this year’s wildfire season could arrive early and have more severe impacts. Already the state has had to battle early wildfires, including a fire in Riverside County on February 28. According to the National Weather Service, many areas in Southern California, are well below the average rainfall for this time of the year. You can determine what you need to do to prepare your home for wildfire season and reduce your property’s risks using the Wildfire Home Assessment and Checklist made available by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). The checklist offers guidance to identify possible wildfire risks, and resources on how to build defensible space on your property. In addition, the checklist also provides a cost estimator that helps you prioritize which actions will work within your budget.