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Wildfire Statistics

Current Wildfire Information
The North Carolina Forest Service tracks daily fire activity using a database known as the "Signal 14". The data from the Signal 14 is a rapid approximation of wildfire occurrence. It's not an exact count. This information does not include uncontained fires or fires that occur on federal property. The information below comes from Signal 14 reports.

Statewide Wildfire Summary
Period # Fires # Acres
February 23, 2017 28 53.8
Month to date 980 3855.6
Year to date 1362 4974.1
10yr avg, Jan 313 640.0
10yr avg, 2006-2015 4542 24608.0
Additional data: Daily Fire Occurrence Summary (PDF)

Daily Wildfire Occurrence by district for February 23, 2017

Daily Fire Occurance map
Monthly Fire Summary for February 2017
Date # Fires # Acres   Date # Fires # Acres
1 82 291.0   17 66 64.5
2 31 153.5   18 78 113.3
3 10 129.7   19 42 45.3
4 15 14.7   20 66 105.8
5 37 125.7   21 29 52.2
6 64 94.9   22 26 19.8
7 49 74.3   23 28 53.8
8 21 88.3   24    
9 12 3.7   25    
10 61 102.6   26    
11 59 394.7   27    
12 61 92.6   28    
13 59 42.5        
14 93 1642.8        
15 14 128.5        
16 13 15.7   Month to date 980 3855.6

Historical Wildfire Information
Official records of wildfire under the jurisdiction of the NCFS are entered by county personnel and compiled in a statewide database of fire information. Paper records of fires in the state go back to 1928. In 1970, the system was computerized, allowing for quicker access to data and greater ease of entry.

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