Data on type of fire, casualties, damage and source for April 2018 to March 2019.

Main points

Fires

  • 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.

Casualties

  • 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.

Damage

  • 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.

Note

Grassland fire data are published in a supplementary report to the Fire and Rescue Incident Statistics produced in August 2019.

Reports

Grassland fires, April 2018 to March 2019
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Grassland fires, April 2018 to March 2019: tables
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Contact

Claire Davey

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Media

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