Total area burned in 2012 third highest on record

Blog Post created by hyltonhaynes Employee on Dec 17, 2012

Map with legend
Image 1: Map depicting significant fire events for 2012 (source: NASA Earth Observatory)

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) statisitics show that more than 9.1 million acres had burned as of December 14, 2012—the third highest total in a record that dates back to 1960. Also notable: despite the high number of acres burned in 2012, the total number of significant fires— 56,406 is the lowest on record.  The net result being that the average fire size for 2012 is the highest on record.

Number of fires
Image 2: Number of significant fires this past decade (source: NIFC, 2012)

Area burned
Image 3: Number of acres burned per year this past decade (source: NIFC, 2012)