Nova Scotia Wildfire Statistics - 2017

Fires by Month
Month Total
March 0
April 83
May 42
June 12
July 10
August 15
September 6
October 5
Total 174
Wildfire Causes
Specific Cause Number of Fires Total Area Burned (Hectares)
Campfire 7 9.651
Debris Fire 39 16.516
Exhaust System 1 0.1
Grass/Terrain 11 33.52
Incendiary Device 62 655.79
Other 33 10.17
Playing With Fire 1 0.005
Slash/Land Clearing 16 3.711
Smoking 4 0.3
TOTALS 174 729.753
Other Causes
Cause Number of Fires Total Area Burned (Hectares)
Ashes 5 1.6
ATV 1 1.7
Machine 4 0.62
Other 6 3.08
Campfire 1 0.5
cigarette? 1 0.1
Was set on fire 1 0.01
Powerline 11 1.8
Structure 2 0.55
Vehicle 4 0.82
TOTALS 33 10.17
Hectares Burned by County
County Number of Fires Total Area Burned
Lunenburg 10 2.24
Queens 10 7.5
Shelburne 10 92.59
Yarmouth 8 504.4
Digby 7 2.21
Annapolis 5 0.28
Kings 16 5.32
Hants 11 5.62
Hants East 3 3.95
Hants West 8 1.67
Halifax 21 5.408
Halifax East 10 3.293
Halifax West 11 2.115
Cumberland 11 29.401
Cumberland East 5 23.83
Cumberland West 6 5.571
Colchester 1 0.01
Pictou 9 11.22
Antigonish 5 0.83
Guysborough 7 3.69
Guysborough 3 3.51
Saint Mary's 4 0.18
Cape Breton 30 53.5
Inverness 9 2.181
Victoria 0 0
Richmond 4 1.93
TOTALS 174 728.33
Who Reported the Fires
Discovery Agents Number of Fires Total Area Burned (Hectares)
DNR Staff 14 118.861
Other 16 8.26
Public 142 162.542
RW Patrol 2 440.1
TOTALS 174 729.613
Fuel Types Burned (HA = Hectares)
County Softwood (HA) Hardwood (HA) Mixedwood (HA) Slash (HA) Open (HA) Silviculture (HA)
Lunenburg 1.21 0.23 0.8 0 0 0
Queens 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.1 6.1 0.1
Shelburne 14.36 55.1 0 0.03 23.1 0
Yarmouth 0.8 389.5 2 0 112.1 0
Digby 1.7 0.2 0.01 0.3 0 0
Annapolis 0 0.05 0.1 0.02 0.11 0
Kings 0 2.63 2.19 0 0.5 0
Hants 0 0 3.65 1.95 0.02 0
Hants East 0 0 2.7 1.25 0 0
Hants West 0 0 0.95 0.7 0.02 0
Halifax 0.43 0 2.955 2.406 1.05 0
Halifax East 0 0 2.27 2.406 0.05 0
Halifax West 0.43 0 0.685 0 1 0
Cumberland 0.601 0.4 2.3 1.95 24.15 0
Cumberland East 0.6 0.3 0.7 0 22.23 0
Cumberland West 0.001 0.1 1.6 1.95 1.92 0
Colchester 0.01 0 0 0 0 0
Pictou 1.7 0.7 1.72 0 7.1 0
Antigonish 0.51 0 0.04 0.13 0 0
Guysborough 3.41 0 0.02 0.01 0.25 0
Guysborough 3.4 0 0 0.01 0.1 0
Saint Mary's 0.01 0 0.02 0 0.15 0
Cape Breton 1.4 3.5 14.9 0.4 30 3.3
Inverness 0 0 0.36 0.111 1.71 0
Victoria 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richmond 0.355 0 0 1.3 0.275 0
TOTALS 27.086 452.71 31.245 8.707 206.465 3.4