Data on type of fire, casualties, damage and source for April 2018 to March 2019.
- The Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities attended 4,015 grassland, woodland and crop fires in 2018-19, almost double the number in 2017-18.
- The number of grassland fires is prone to fluctuation and the 2018-19 figure is the highest since 2011-12.
- There were almost 4 times as many primary grassland fires in 2018-19 as in 2017-18, up from 68 to 253.
- Numbers of secondary grassland fires increased by 86% in 2018-19 (compared with 2017-18).
- In 2018-19, around 7 in 10 fires on grassland, woodland and crops were started deliberately.
- 46% of grassland fires in 2018-19 occurred in July 2018, almost 9 times as many as in July 2017. Met Office weather data shows July 2018 saw around 40% more hours of sunshine and around half the rainfall, compared with July 2017.
- More than half the number of grassland fires in 2018-19 occurred in South Wales (52%); 32% were in Mid and West Wales and 16% were in North Wales.
- There were 2 non-fatal casualties from grassland, woodland and crop fires in Wales in 2018 19.
- The last fatality resulting from a grassland fire occurred in 2007-08.
- In 2018-19, more than half of grassland, woodland and crop fires damaged an area less than 20 square metres.
- Almost a fifth damaged an area of more than 200 square metres.
Grassland fire data are published in a supplementary report to the Fire and Rescue Incident Statistics produced in August 2019.
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