Wildfire Averages

 

 

The current 10-year average*, taken from 2008 to 2017, is 1,666 fires, 42.5% caused by people and 57.3% 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.

Wildfire Season Averages
Year Total Fires Total Hectares Total Cost (millions) Average Hectares per Fire Person-caused Person-caused (%) Lightning-caused Lightning-caused (%)
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%) 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%)
Average* 1,666 269,702   161.9 652 (42.5%) 1,011 (57.3%)

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