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Data on type of fire, casualties, damage and source for April 2019 to March 2020.

Main points

Fires

  • 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.

Casualties

  • 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.

Damage

  • 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.

Reports

Grassland fires, April 2019 to March 2020 , file type: PDF, file size: 3 MB

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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Grassland fires, April 2019 to March 2020 , file type: ODS, file size: 98 KB

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Contact

Claire Davey

Telephone: 0300 025 6699

Media

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