Wildland fires can be terrifying and devastating, so it doesnâ€™t hurt to be informed. Take a look at the data above to see where wildfires occur most often.
- Roughly 90% of wildland fires in the U.S. are started by humans (i.e. unattended campfires, burning debris, cigarettes, and acts of arson).
- Wildland fires occur in nearly every state in the U.S. But they occur mostly in the American westâ€”these states typically have the conditionsâ€”dry fuel, hot temperatures, and droughtâ€”that are perfect for wildland fires.
- States like Idaho, California, Texas, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington experience some of the largest and/or most devastating wildland fires.
Record High Acres Burned
The 2015 fire season broke historical records for number of U.S. acres burned:
- 2015 Total Acres Burned: 10,125,149
- Compared to 2014 Total Acres Burned: Under 4 Million
- Previous Record-High: 9.8 Million Acres Burned in 2006