Report: NFPA's "Large-Loss Fires in the United States"
Author: Stephen G. Badger
Issued: November 2019
- In 2018 the three largest-loss fires in 2018 were all wildfires that occurred in wildland/urban interface (WUI) communities in California. These fires killed 92 people, destroyed more than 22,000 structures, and burned almost 480,000 acres (194,249 hectares).
In 2018, there were 36 fires that resulted in a total of more than $12.91 billion in direct property damage and losses.
Thirty-six is the highest number of large-loss incidents since 2007, when there were 47 such fires.
Of the 36 large-loss fires in 2018, 28 involved structures and resulted in a total property loss of $529 million The other non-structural fires included six WUI fires for a loss of $12.36 billion, and two vehicle fires, an aircraft and cargo ship with a loss of $28 million. These fires resulted in a combined loss of $12.4 billion.
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