Forest fires by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at forest fires in Canada over the last four-plus decades:

373,597: Forest fires in Canada between 1970 and 2015

51,320: Forest fires in B.C. between 1990 and 2015, the most of any province during that time

32,894: Fires in Alberta during the same time, the second-highest total of any province

64,639,645: Hectares of land burned by forest fires between 1990 and 2015

17,388,508: Hectares burnt in the Northwest Territories, the largest amount of any province and territory between 1990 and 2015

13,840,763: Hectares burnt in Saskatchewan during the same time, the most of any province

3: Percentage of fires each year that grow to more than 200 hectares in size

$130.5M: Property losses to forest fires between 1990 and 2015

(Sources: Natural Resources Canada, Statistics Canada, National Forestry Database)


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