Private wildland firefighting firm contracted to protect State Farm-insured-homes in California

SANTA CRUZ — If a wildfire erupts, private firefighting crews may be sent to defend State Farm insured homes in Santa Cruz County, but also across the West.

According to a letter obtained by the Sentinel, Wildfire Defense Systems firefighters could be dispatched beginning April 1, to the homes of policyholders in California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado and Oregon. The private firm provides wildland firefighting and property defense services at a “wildfire-agency scale,” according to its website.

“If your home is located in an area within an active wildfire, WDS may visit your property to assess the threat and may take proactive measures,” the State Farm letter reads.

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