Wildland fire activity by county

map Wildfires by county 1994 - 2013

Wildfires map by county LegendFEMA produced this interesting map that plots the number of wildfires, by county, that were 300 acres or larger between 1994 and 2013.

What do you think? Any surprises?

(UPDATE, May 3, 2017: We have a different map of fire activity derived from satellite data, not reports submitted by fire departments.)

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

4 thoughts on “Wildland fire activity by county”

    1. Oh they had them. I know guys that were on them in the Big drought years. The difference is reporting. For instance I know for a fact there were large fires in a lot of those KS counties that are white. However fires burn thousands of acres in an afternoon then typically the sun goes down, the wind dies and humidity recovers, and the fire goes out. They don’t make it on anything but the local news.

  1. I hope this would be normalized by area, but the legend doesn’t indicate this is the case. The bins are also not very informative; 100-1,308-good grief! From the perspective of a geography nerd this is pretty weak sauce. Any chance of a direct link to the source? It would be interesting to know if this data is publicly available data.

  2. I believe the map more accurately displays those states that do not have a strong reporting culture.

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