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Grassland fires

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  • Release date: 19 November 2015
  • Period covered: 2014-15
  • Next update: 16 February 2017
An annual report which includes information on type of fire, casualties, damage and source.

Key points


  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities attended 2,613 grassland, woodland and crop fires in 2014-15, a decrease of 33 per cent on 2013-14. The number of these fires is prone to fluctuation and the 2014-15 figure follows a 81 per cent increase in the previous year. The 2014-15 figure is the second lowest in the time series (from 2001 02).
  • In 2014-15, both primary and secondary grassland, woodland and crop fires fell by a third; there were 84 primary fires (128 in 2013-14) and 2,529 secondary fires (3,748 in 2013-14).
  • In 2014-15, three quarters of primary and secondary fires on grassland, woodland and crops were started deliberately.
  • In 2014-15, 45 per cent of grassland, woodland and crop fires occurred in the spring months April, May (2014) and March (2015), 13 percentage points lower than in 2013 14.
  • Of the grassland, woodland and crop fires in 2014-15, 52 per cent were in South Wales, 33 per cent were in Mid and West Wales and 16 per cent were in North Wales.


  • There were 6 non-fatal casualties but no fatal casualties from grassland, woodland and crop fires in Wales in 2014-15. The last fatality resulting from a grassland fire occurred in 2007-08.


  • In 2014-15, three fifths of grassland, woodland and crop fires damaged an area less than 20 square metres; this is the highest proportion seen in the available time series (from 2009-10).


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