Nova Scotia Wildfire Statistics

           
As of : October 31, 2006        
           
Number of Fires and Area Burned      
           
Year 10 Year Average   2005 2006  
Number of Fires 325.0   220.0 234.0  
Area Burned (Ha) 672.0   491.0 1576.4  
Average Size (Ha) 2.1   2.2 6.7  
           
Fires by Month in 2006   General Cause of 2006 Fires  
           
Month # of Fires   General Cause Number Percentage
March 89   Forest Industries 6 3%
April 75   Arson 61 26%
May 33   Lightning 1 0%
June 1   Misc. Known 8 3%
July 6   Other Industry 10 4%
August 12   Recreation 18 8%
September 16   Residential 116 50%
October 2   Unknown 14 6%
  234   234 100%
           
           
Fires by County in 2006     Fires by Origin in 2006
           
County Total Number   Total Area Fire Origin Area
Annapolis 9   27.2 DND 0.6
Antigonish 6   2.8 Licensed Crown 46.3
Cape Breton 30   57.7 First Nations 0.1
Colchester 16   41.8 Private Land 767.0
Cumberland 8   13.1 Provincial Park 4.0
Digby 13   9.2 Unlicensed Crown 758.4
Guysborough 7   3.6   1576.4
Halifax 16   17.7    
Hants 21   42.3    
Inverness 10   3.0    
Kings 18   11.5    
Lunenberg 17   3.4    
Pictou 15   19.6    
Queens 6   485.7    
Richmond 2   13.4    
Shelburne 16   108.5    
Victoria 3   0.8    
Yarmouth 21   715.2    
  234   1576.4