Graph: Wildfire Frequency in the United States, 1983-2015

by Environmental Protection Agency / NIFC / USDA Forest Service

This figure shows the total number of wildfires per year from 1983 to 2015. These totals include all reported wildfires, which can be as small as just a few acres. The two lines represent two different reporting systems; though the Forest Service stopped collecting statistics (orange line) in 1997 and will not update them, those statistics are shown here for comparison.