Wildfire Averages

The current 10-year average, taken from 2011 to 2020, is 1,352 wildfires from April 1st to March 31st the following year. On average, 42% of these are human-caused and 58% are lightning-caused.

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

Year Total Fires Total Hectares Total Cost (millions) Person-caused Person-caused (%) Lightning-caused Lightning-caused (%)
2020 670 14,536 $193.7 395 (59%) 275 (41%)
2019 825 21,138 $182.5 450 (55%) 375 (45%)
2018 2,117 1,354,284 $615.0 628 (30%) 1,489 (70%)
2017 1,353 1,216,053 $649.0 580 (43%) 773 (57%)
2016 1,050 100,366 $129.0 564 (54%) 486 (46%)
2015 1,858 280,605 $277.0 621 (33%) 1,237 (67%)
2014 1,481 369,168 $297.9 664 (45%) 817 (55%)
2013 1,861 18,298 $122.2 564 (30%) 1,297 (70%)
2012 1,649 102,122 $133.6 708 (43%) 941 (57%)
2011 653 12,604 $53.5 444 (68%) 209 (32%)
2010 1,672 337,149 $212.2 680 (41%) 992 (59%)
10 year average 1,352 348,917 $265.3 562 (42%) 790 (58%)
2009 3,064 247,419 $382.1 881 (29%) 2,183 (71%)
2008 2,023 13,240 $82.1 848 (42%) 1,175 (58%)
Average since 2008 1,560 314,383 $256.1 617 (40%) 942 (60%)