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Grassland fires

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

Key points


  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities attended 3,216 grassland, woodland and crop fires in 2015-16, an increase of 23 per cent on 2014-15. The number of these fires is prone to fluctuation and the 2015-16 figure follows a period of instability. The 2015-16 figure is the third lowest in the time series (from 2001-02).
  • In 2015-16, both primary and secondary grassland, woodland and crop fires rose by 40 and 22 per cent respectively; there were 118 primary fires (84 in 2014-15) and 3,098 secondary fires (2,529 in 2014-15).
  • In 2015-16, over four fifths of primary and secondary fires on grassland, woodland and crops were started deliberately.
  • In 2015-16, 46 per cent of grassland, woodland and crop fires occurred in April 2015, more than double the proportion and number in April 2014.
  • Of the grassland, woodland and crop fires in 2015-16, 57 per cent were in South Wales, 29 per cent were in Mid and West Wales and 14 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 2015-16. The last fatality resulting from a grassland fire occurred in 2007-08.


  • In 2015-16, a half of grassland, woodland and crop fires damaged an area less than 20 square metres. Almost a quarter damaged an area of more than 200 square metres.


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