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Woodland Fires

The Home Office and Devolved Administrations produce estimates of the number and area of wildfires each year, using data recorded by Fire and Rescue Services using the Incident Reporting System. These figures were previously produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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 5.2a shows the number of woodland fires in 2010-11 to 2014-15. There has been some fluctuation in the number of woodland fires in Great Britain over this period, with a high of around 11 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 2014-15 (around 3,300) represents 3% of the total of around 106,300 outdoor fires in Great Britain in 2014-15 (Home Office, Welsh Government, Scottish Government).

Table 5.2a Number of woodland fires

Financial year England Wales Scotland GB
2010-11 6182  618 1186 7986
2011-12 9360 620 1059 11039
2012-13 1794 176 484 2454
2013-14 3899 512 776 5187
2014-15 2360 410 490 3260

    

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics.

Table 5.2b shows the area covered by woodland fires between 2010-11 and 2014-15. There was a peak of around 8,500 hectares burnt in 2011-12, with the vast majority of this area occurring in Scotland.

Around 900 hectares of woodland in Great Britain were burnt in 2014-15.

Table 5.2b Area of woodland fires

Financial year England Wales Scotland GB
hectares        
2010-11 979 167 129 1276
2011-12 279 216 7982 8476
2012-13 48 107 268 424
2013-14 101 1089 318 1508
2014-15 81 39 762 882

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics.

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