Wildfire Averages

The current 10-year average*, taken from 2006 to 2015, is 1,844 fires, 38.7% caused by people and 61.3% caused by lightning.

The following table shows the number and percentage of person and lightning-caused fires for last year and the 10 preceding years.

Year Total Fires Total Hectares Total Cost (millions) Average Hectares per Fire Person-caused Person-caused (%) Lightning-caused Lightning-caused (%)
2016** 1,050 100,366 $129.0 95.6 564 (53.7%) 486 (46.3%)
2015 1,858 280,605 $277.0 204.9 617 (33.2%) 1,237 (66.6%)
2014 1,481 369,168 $297.9 249.3 664 (44.8%) 817 (55.2%)
2013 1,861 18,298 $122.2 9.8 564 (30.3%) 1,297 (69.7%)
2012 1,649 102,122 $133.6 61.9 708 (42.9%) 941 (57.1%)
2011 653 12,604 $53.5 19.3 444 (68%) 209 (32%)
2010 1,672 337,149 $212.2 201.6 680 (40.7%) 992 (59.3%)
2009 3,064 247,419 $382.1 80.8 881 (28.8%) 2,183 (71.2%)
2008 2,023 13,240 $82.1 6.5 848 (41.9%) 1,175 (58.1%)
2007 1,606 29,440 $98.8 18.3 687 (42.8%) 919 (57.2%)
2006 2,570 139,265 $159.0 54.2 1,034 (40.2%) 1,536 (59.8%)
Average* 1,844 154,944 $182 85 713 (38.7%) 1131 (61.3%)

* The average does not include the most recent year.
** Figures for the most recent fire season are preliminary estimates.

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