2014 Fire Season: Least amount of acreage burned in 10 years

Although thousands of fires have ignited across the country in 2014, to-date this year’s fires have burned fewer acres than other fire seasons since 2004.

As of July 3, fires have burned 909,848 acres across the United States, according to fire statistics released by the National Interagency Fire Center last week.

That’s about half of the total acres burned by July 3, 2013. It’s also the least amount of acreage burned by July 3 since 2004.

By July, fires typically consume more than one million acres, and in some cases two or three million.

  • The number of active fires as of July 3 is 26,684. That’s about average since 2004.
  • Since 2004 the “largest” fire season was 2011 when 4,859,621 acres had burned by July 3.
  • There are 12 active “large” fires on NIFC’s radar this month. Most are in California and Nevada.
  • As of July 3, six new large fires were reported.