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HazardHub Wildfire Risk

From January 1 to October 7, 2016, there were 46,618 wildfires, compared to 51,023 wildfires in the same period in 2015. About 4.8 million acres were burned in the 2016 timeframe, compared with 9.1 million in 2015.

The 2015 fire season set a record for the number of acres burned in the United States. Between January 1 and December 30, 2015 there were 68,151 wildfires, which burned 10,125,149 acres. During the same period in 2014, 63,417 fires burned 3,577,620 acres. The previous record was set in 2006 at 9,873,745 acres.

In 2014, there were 63,312 wildfires which burned over about 3.6 million acres. The Happy Camp Complex fire in California burned over 134,056 acres and the Carlton Complex fire in Washington state burned over 256,108 acres and was the largest fire in the state to date. Over the 20-year period, 1995 to 2014, fires, including wildfires, accounted for 1.5 percent of insured catastrophes losses, totaling about $6.0 billion.