22+ STATISTICS AND FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WILDFIRES

By: Codey Stout, Guest Blogger

Note from Chief Avsec: I received this article from a professional acquaintance, Rachel Cook, via e-mail. I found the article to be informative and educational, particularly as we’ve been witnessing the utter devastation being caused by wildfires in the western U.S., particularly in California.

A common way used by nature to start a wildfire is a bolt of lightning. The world experiences between 40 and 50 flashes of lightning every second, culminating in 1.4 billion lightning flashes per year. Some of these flashes start wildfires. 

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In this Tree Triage guide, we’ll cover:

  • Why wildfires happen and how they impact ecosystems
  • The negative effects of wildfires
  • How we can deal with wildfires in the coming years

And much more!

So, if you want to understand more about how wildfires impacting the planet and how it can impact your own area, keep reading!

In the United States, wildfires are increasing, both in frequency and impact. According to Insurance Information Institute, these fires burned 10.1 million acres of forest in 2020. In the previous year, the figure was 4.7 million acres. The same source reports that in the initial six months of 2021, there was an increase of 20% in the number of wildfires recorded compared to the same period last year.

According to CALFire, in California alone, 7,064 fires have burned an estimated 1,968,326 acres, one person has died, and 3,050 structures have been damaged or destroyed. Source: CAL Fire, 2021 Incident Archives, 9/12/2021.

The fires referred to above do not only affect remote wilderness areas; they are increasingly causing damage in residential areas. This is a view supported by the numbers. In 2020, around 17,000 structures were destroyed by wildfires, and over half of these structures were residences. 

From the numbers above, it’s clear that we have a wildfire problem on our hands. We can only make good decisions on what needs to be done to deal with the challenge if we have as much relevant information as possible. Consequently, this article aims to share some statistics and facts about wildfires.

We hope that by realizing the scale of the problem, you will become more conscious of the human conduct that leads to wildfires and that you will do your part to alleviate the challenge they pose. 

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About the Author

Codey Stout has years of experience removing trees in residential and commercial environment. The only thing Codey likes doing more than removing intrusive trees, is removing unsightly stumps.

About Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer

Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec served with the men and women of the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS Department for 26 years. He’s now using his acquired knowledge, skills, and experiences as a freelance writer for FireRescue1.com and as the “blogger in chief” for this blog. Chief Avsec makes his home in Cross Lanes, WV. Contact him via e-mail, rpa1157@gmail.com.