The September NFPA Journal® highlights the findings of NFPA’s 2017 National Fire Experience Survey, which outlines that reporting year’s response numbers, fatalities, injuries, and property loss from fires across the United States.
2017 was unfortunately a major year for wildfires and that extent is made clear in the report. It explains, “NFPA estimates that the 1,319,500 fires to which the fire service responded in 2017 caused $23 billion in property damage, a very large increase over the $10.6 billion in 2016. It is worth noting that the $23 billion figure includes major wildfires in Northern California in 2017, which caused $10 billion in direct property damage.”
In effect, the wildfires that impacted California doubled the annual property loss figure. Overall for that year, wildfires accounted for 22% of response by fire departments.
The report also shares that approximately 3,400 civilian fire deaths were recorded, with over 14,670 people injured at responded fires.
These figures remind us what one burning ember can do. Learn what you can do to reduce your property’s exposure to embers and read more about the National Fire Experience Survey in the September NFPA Journal®.
Photo credit: National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) public photo Library firefighters pulled 11 July 2017