Wildfire Averages

The current 10-year average, taken from 2009 to 2019, is 1,758 wildfires from April 1st to March 31st the following year. On average, 46.3% of these are confirmed human-caused and 63.0% are confirmed lightning-caused.

The following table shows general statistics of wildfire activity in B.C. since 2008.

Year Total Fires Total Hectares Total Cost (millions) Average Hectares per Fire Person-caused Person-caused (%) Lightning-caused Lightning-caused (%)
2019 825 21,138 $182.5 25.6 448 (54.3%) 375 (45.4%)
2018 2,117 1,354,284 $615.0 639.7 535 (25.3%) 1,489 (70.3%)
2017 1,353 1,216,053 $649.0 898.8 552 (40.8%) 773 (57.1%)
2016 1,050 100,366 $129.0 95.6 564 (53.7%) 486 (46.3%)
2015 1,858 280,605 $277.0 151.0 617 (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 (68.0%) 209 (32.0%)
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%)
Average 1,758 369,019 N/A 221.2 605 (46.3%) 982 (63.0%)
2008 2,023 13,240 $82.1 6.5 848 (41.9%) 1,175 (58.1%)