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Leading causes of wildfires in the U.S. by season 1992-2012

This statistic shows the leading causes of wildfires in the United States from 1992 to 2012, by season. During that time period, 38 percent of human-caused wildfires began in spring, compared to only nine percent of wildfires caused by lightning strikes.

Leading causes of wildfires in the United States from 1992 to 2012, by season

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Release date

March 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

1992 to 2012

Special properties

245,446 lightning-started fires and 1,272,076 human-started wildfires

Supplementary notes

Human-caused wildfires are those caused by equipment use, smoking, campfires, railroad, arson, debris burning, children, fireworks, power lines, structures, and miscellaneous fires.

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