Nova Scotia Wildfire Statistics - 2020

Wildfire Causes
Specific Cause Number of Fires

CAMPFIRE

29

DEBRIS FIRE

21

GRASS/TERRAIN

8

ARSON

29

PLAYING WITH FIRE

2

SLASH/LAND CLEARING

11

SMOKING

4

EXHAUST 

3

IMPROPERLY DISPOSED OF ASHES

7

ATV

6

BLUEBERRY BURNING

2

LIGHTNING

14

VEHICLE/MACHINE FIRE

7

STRUCTURE FIRE

3

POWERLINE RELATED

15

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

2

OTHER 

11
TOTALS 176
HECTARES BURNED BY COUNTY
County Number of Fires Total Area Burned
District (Hectares)
Lunenburg 21 46.75
Queens 16 46.64
Shelburne 14 1.764
Yarmouth 19 215.67
Digby 6 2.8
Annapolis 9 7
Kings 18 134.846
Hants 8 2.29
Hants East 3 0.61
Hants West 5 1.68
Halifax 13 51.573
Halifax East 6 50.72
Halifax West 7 0.853
Cumberland 21 27.65
Cumberland East 18 23.31
Cumberland West 3 4.34
Colchester 4 0.91
Pictou 9 4.57
Antigonish 6 148.52
Guysborough 2 0.02
Guysborough 1 0.01
Saint Mary's 1 0.01
Cape Breton 7 19.12
Inverness 0 0
Victoria 1 0.4
Richmond 1 0.175
TOTALS 176 710.698
WHO REPORTED THE FIRES FOR 2020
Discovery Agents Number of Fires Total Area Burned
(Hectares)
Lands and Forestry Staff 7 253.73
Fixed Wing Patrol 9 19.98
Other Agencies 17 24.93
Public 137 406.658
Helicopter 6 3.4
TOTAL 176 708.118
FIRES BY COUNTY BY MONTH
MONTH
REGION COUNTY JAN FEB MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPT OCT TOTAL
WESTERN YARMOUTH 0 0 0 2 4 3 2 5 0 3 19
SHELBURNE 0 0 2 1 1 2 2 5 1 0 14
DIGBY 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 6
ANNAPOLIS 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 3 0 0 9
LUNENBURG 0 0 1 3 4 3 1 7 2 0 21
KINGS 0 0 1 6 4 4 1 2 0 0 18
QUEENS 0 0 1 3 3 1 1 7 0 1 17
CENTRAL HANTS 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 0 8
HALIFAX 0 0 0 1 5 4 0 3 0 0 13
COLCHESTER 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4
CUMBERLAND 0 0 0 7 5 2 2 5 0 0 21
EASTERN PICTOU 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 9
GUYSBOROUGH 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
ANTIGONISH 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 6
INVERNESS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
RICHMOND 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
CAPE BRETON 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7
VICTORIA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 0 0 5 38 48 22 11 43 5 4 176
FUELS BURNED
County Softwood Hardwood Mixedwood Slash Open Silviculture
Area Area Area Area Area Area
(Hectares) (Hectares) (Hectares) (Hectares) (Hectares) (Hectares)
WESTERN Lunenburg 3.24 5.5 35.51 0.5 0 0
Queens 7.85 0 25.67 1.42 11.4 0.3
Shelburne 1.01 0.01 0.01 0.17 0.564 0
Yarmouth 0.01 0 39.19 0.1 176.37 0
Digby 0 0 1.3 0.5 1 0
Annapolis 0.2 0 3.8 2 0 1
Kings 83.1 0.5 42.646 5.545 3.055 0
CENTRAL Hants 0.15 0 0.5 0.2 1.44 0
Hants East 0.11 0 0.5 0 0 0
Hants West 0.04 0 0 0.2 1.44 0
Halifax 0.353 0.1 50.27 0.31 0.54 0
Halifax East 0.01 0.1 50.01 0.1 0.5 0
Halifax West 0.343 0 0.26 0.21 0.04 0
Cumberland 1.44 5.8 4 4.2 9.2 3.01
Cumberland East 0.5 2.4 4 4.2 9.2 3.01
Cumberland West 0.94 3.4 0 0 0 0
Colchester 0 0 0 0 0.91 0
EASTERN Pictou 0.5 0.1 1 0.1 2.87 0
Antigonish 63.01 40 0 38.1 0.41 7
Guysborough 0 0 0 0.01 0.01 0
Guysborough 0 0 0 0 0.01 0
Saint Mary's 0 0 0 0.01 0 0
Cape Breton 1.74 0.285 4.08 1.74 11.275 0
Inverness 0 0 0 0 0 0
Victoria 0 0.4 0 0 0 0
Richmond 0 0 0.175 0 0 0
  TOTALS 162.603 52.695 208.151 54.895 219.044 11.31