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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
September 26, 2016 5 0.7
Month to date 149 157.5
Year to date 2537 18264.9
10yr avg, Jan - Sep 3549 21304.0
10yr avg, 2006-2015 4542 24608.0
Additional data: Daily Fire Occurrence Summary (PDF)

Daily Wildfire Occurrence by district for September 26, 2016

Daily Fire Occurance map
Monthly Fire Summary for August 2016
Date # Fires # Acres   Date # Fires # Acres
1 15 7.6   17 3 0.7
2 0 0.0   18 6 3.8
3 1 1.0   19 4 0.9
4 0 0.0   20 2 3.0
5 1 18.0   21 1 1.0
6 5 0.5   22 1 0.01
7 3 0.5   23 3 0.5
8 9 51.4   24 6 8.4
9 7 6.6   25 11 1.7
10 13 5.9   26 5 0.7
11 7 2.0   27    
12 4 1.7   28    
13 7 0.8   29    
14 12 9.5   30    
15 12 7.6        
16 11 23.7   Month to date 149 157.5

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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