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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Environment

Woodland Fires

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The Department for Communities and Local Government produces estimates of the number and area of wildfires each year, using data recorded by Fire and Rescue Services using the Incident Reporting System. By analysing the wildfire data with the National Forest Inventory woodland map, it has been possible to produce estimates of fires that occur within woodlands in Great Britain.

Table 5.3a shows the number of woodland fires in 2010-11 to 2012-13. There has been some fluctuation in the number of woodland fires in Great Britain over this period, with a high of almost 9 thousand fires in 2011-12 and a low of around 2,400 in 2012-13. Most fires occurred in England.

The total number of woodland fires in Great Britain in 2012-13 (around 2,400) represents 2% of the total of around 119,700 outdoor fires in Great Britain in 2012-13 (Fire Statistics: Great Britain April 2012 to March 2013, Department for Communities and Local Government, May 2014).

Table 5.3a Number of woodland fires

Financial year

England

Wales

Scotland

GB

2010-11

5 993

612

1 166

7 771

2011-12

7 332

610

1 050

8 992

2012-13

1 786

174

479

2 439

Source: Incident Recording System (Department for Communities and Local Government), National Forest Inventory

Table 5.3b shows the area covered by woodland fires between 2010-11 and 2012-13. There was a peak of over 8,800 hectares burnt in 2011-12, with the vast majority of this area occurring in Scotland.

Around 400 hectares of woodland in Great Britain were burnt in 2012-13.

Table 5.3b Area of woodland fires

Financial year

England

Wales

Scotland

GB

 

 

 

 

hectares 
2010-11

980

166

127

1 274

2011-12

464

417

7 966

8 847

2012-13

47

107

268

422

Source: Incident Recording System (Department for Communities and Local Government), National Forest Inventory

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