The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently published the 2012 annual wildfire report. According to the report this past year was the worst on record over the last 13 years, if one considers the average wildfire size. The average wildfire was more than 85 acres per incident and reinforces the idea that the size of the wildfires is increasing over time and therefore increasing the overall fire burden on our nation.
Graph 1: US Annual Wildfire Activity 2000-2012
It is important to note that this report was based only on data collected by the National Interagency Fire Center and does not acccount for all wildfires. Many of the wildfires handled at the local or county level are recorded in another data base known as the National Fire Incident Reporting system that is managed by the US Fire Administration.