Surviving in a 'suicide subdivision'

By Marcie Geffner -

More than 70,000 U.S. communities are at risk from wildfires, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Some are so dangerous they've earned the nickname "suicide subdivisions."

If you're buying a home in one of these communities, it's your responsibility to understand the risks and take the appropriate action to try to reduce the chance of your home going up in flames.

While Texas had the most wildfires in 2012, 17 other states -- Alaska, Arkansas, California, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming -- also made the top 10 lists of the most wildfires and the largest number of acreage burned in 2012, according to data from the National Interagency Fire Center.

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