Number of forest fires in Sweden 2014-2018

The summer of 2018 in Sweden was unusually warm and dry, the warmest summer in 260 years, and the long drought led to many forest fires in different regions of the country. The number of reported fires during the first half year of 2018 amounted to 1,204, which is a higher number than the previous five first halves of the years.

Huge increase in the number of wildfires

     The number of wildfires in the country (measured in wildfires per 25 hectares or more) in 2018 saw a huge increase compared to previous years. The previous highest number during the ten-year period from 2008 to 2017 was 12, but in 2018 a number of 74 wildfires was reached.  

Worry among the population

      When a survey was conducted about the topic after the summer of 2018, the respondents were asked if they were worried that the number of forest fires will increase in the future due to climate change. More than half of the respondents (56 percent) stated that they were quite or very worried about it.

Number of reported forest fires in Sweden from 1st half of 2014 to 1st half of 2018

Number of forest fires
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Source

Release date

June 2018

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

H1 2014 to H1 2018

Special properties

as of January 1 to June 30 of each year; reported to SOS Alarm*

Supplementary notes

* SOS Alarm is responsible for the emergency number 112 in Sweden.

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