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Data on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties and false alarms and Special Service Incidents attended for April to September 2020.

The data presented here are the first in the series to be wholly covered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

These provisional data refer to the period 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020 and compare with the same period in the previous year).


  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended 6,245 fires in this period, a decrease of 3%.
  • There were 2,065 primary fires in Wales, a decrease of 9%.
  • There were 4,095 secondary fires in Wales, a slight increase in numbers but no percentage change. Since a large proportion of secondary fires occur outside, they are likely to be influenced by weather conditions.
  • There were 1,790 grassland, woodland and crop fires in this period, an increase of 4%.


  • There were 10 fire deaths in Wales, 2 more than reported in the same period in the previous year.
  • There were 59 injuries in this period, 50 fewer than in the previous year.
  • A further 150 received first aid, were sent to a hospital for precautionary tests or were advised to seek medical advice. This is similar to the number in the previous year.

False alarms

  • There were 8,082 fire false alarms in Wales, 8% more than reported in the same period the previous year.
  • There were 153 malicious fire false alarms, 22% fewer than in the same period in the previous year.


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Claire Davey

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