Nova Scotia Wildfire Statistics - 2016

Fires by Month
Month Number of Fires Hectares
January 0 0
February 0 0
March 1 2.49
April 106 231.902
May 61 51.001
June 27 26.428
July 15 12.03
August 28 426.15
September 22 4.721
October 4 .25
November 0 0
December 0 0
TOTALS 274 754.972
Wildfire Causes
Specific Cause Number of Fires Total Area Burned (Hectares)
Campfire 23 21.241
Debris Fire 38 12.017
Exhaust System 3 3.2
Grass/Terrain 14 13.71
Incendiary Device 97 579.58
Other 75 113.94
Playing With Fire 1 1.1
Slash/Land Clearing 18 10.984
Smoking 5 2.59
TOTALS 274 754.972
Other Causes
Cause Number of Fires Total Area Burned (Hectares)
Ashes 8 0.87
ATV 4 43.9
Blueberry 2 3.2
Lightning 11 16.12
Machine 4 13
Other 25 30.02
Accidental 1 0.03
Burn Barrel 1 0.04
Burning Barrel 3 0.12
Camp Fire 2 0.45
Grinder 1 1.02
Land clearing 2 0.15
Paper 1 0.1
Smoking 2 17.4
unknown 6 6.3
Powerline 12 3.77
Structure 5 2.06
Vehicle 4 1
TOTALS 75 113.94
Hectares Burned by County
County Number of Fires Total Area Burned
Lunenburg 14 19.45
Queens 16 17.8
Shelburne 14 19.102
Yarmouth 19 93.86
Digby 19 9.5
Annapolis 14 395
Kings 22 10.23
Hants 21 17.569
Halifax 28 13.271
Cumberland 15 25.89
Colchester 3 2.42
Pictou 24 35.15
Antigonish 0 0
Guysborough 3 0.2
Cape Breton 60 98.41
Inverness 1 0.01
Victoria 1 0.1
Richmond 0 0
TOTALS 274 757.962
Who Reported the Fires
Discovery Agents Number of Fires Total Area Burned (Hectares)
DNR Staff 23 105.29
Aerial Detection 16 41.16
Other 43 72.04
Public 189 172.272
Helicopter 3 364.21
TOTALS 274 754.972
Fuel Types Burned
County Softwood Hardwood Mixedwood Slash Open Silviculture
Lunenburg 8.7 0 10.55 0 0.2 0
Queens 3.1 0.7 1.4 9.9 0.1 2.6
Shelburne 0.231 0 4.039 1.95 12.882 0
Yarmouth 7.45 0 46.69 3.4 36.32 0
Digby 0.28 0.22 3.31 3 2.69 0
Annapolis 268 0.9 113.51 8.6 1 0
Kings 0.04 1.1 4.79 1.1 3.2 0
Hants 0.021 0,05 0.558 2.04 14.9 0
Hants East 0 0 0 1.4 14.8 0
Hants West 0.021 0.05 0.558 0.64 0.1 0
Halifax 0.48 0.2 5.571 4.21 2.81 0
Halifax East 0.3 0.1 0.11 4.11 1.74 0
Halifax West 0.18 0.1 5.461 0.1 1.07 0
Cumberland 2.3 0.2 12.1 9.55 1.74 0
Cumberland East 1.6 0 6.4 8.25 0.64 0
Cumberland West 0.7 0.2 5.7 1.3 1.1 0
Colchester 0 0.5 0 1.92 0 0
Pictou 12.7 3.25 3.53 0.03 10.34 5.3
Antigonish 0 0 0 0 0 0
Guysborough 0 0 0.1 0.01 0.09 0
Guysborough 0 0 0.1 0.01 0.09 0
Saint Mary's 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cape Breton 2.45 8.4 15.7 0.91 70.95 0
Inverness 0 1 0.01 0 0 0
Victoria 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 305.752 15.52 221.958 46.62 157.222 7.9