Data on type of fire, casualties, damage and source for April 2019 to March 2020.
- The Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities attended 2,189 grassland, woodland and crop fires in 2019-20, a fall of 45% on the number in 2018-19.
- The number of grassland fires is prone to fluctuation and this drop in numbers follows a 92% increase in 2018-19.
- There were fewer than half the number of primary grassland fires in 2019-20 compared with 2018-19.
- Numbers of secondary grassland fires also fell, by 45% in 2019-20 (compared with 2018-19)
- In 2019-20, over three quarters of fires on grassland, woodland and crops were started deliberately.
- 32% of grassland fires in 2019-20 occurred in April 2019, more than 3 times as many as in April 2018. Met Office weather data shows April 2019 saw around 24% more hours of sunshine and 15% less rainfall, compared with April 2018.
- Half the number of grassland fires in 2019-20 occurred in South Wales; 37% were in Mid and West Wales and 13% were in North Wales.
- There were 6 non-fatal casualties from grassland, woodland and crop fires in Wales in 2019‑20.
- The last fatality resulting from a grassland fire occurred in 2007-08.
- In 2019-20, more than half of grassland, woodland and crop fires damaged an area less than 20 square metres.
- A fifth damaged an area of more than 200 square metres.
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