While we haven't yet closed the books on 2015, NFPA's official magazine, NFPA Journal, has published a comprehensive look at the year's historic numbers around acres burned and costs incurred, as well as trends that might surprise you.
Staff writer Jesse Roman uncovered some key facts and statistics that inform far beyond the typical "worst season ever" or "most acres burned" reporting. For example, a comparison of the 2015 acres burned versus the previous 10 years' average gives some important perspective to the conversation.
NFPA members get the printed copy of NFPA Journal in their mailboxes, but you can access the online version free of charge on the website. Click here to read more about the US year in wildfire and learn more about the six big takeaways from this historic season:
- This year could set a record for the number of acres burned.
- Alaska has become an indicator of the impact of climate change on wildfires.
- The U.S. Forest Service is hamstrung by increasing fire suppression costs.
- California sees yet more record-setting wildfires.
- Ranchers are feeling the hurt after fires destroy rangelands in the Northwest.
- This year, it was fires in Washington State that generated some of the biggest headlines.