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National Fire Data Center November 2019 | 20th Edition

Fire in the United States 2008-2017

The 20th edition of Fire in the United States presents a statistical overview of fires in the U.S. from 2008 to 2017, with a primary focus on 2017.

Download the 104-page report PDF 2.2 MB

This report provides the fire service and others with information that:

Motivates corrective action.

Sets priorities.

Targets specific fire programs.

Serves as a model for state and local analyses of fire data.

Provides a baseline for evaluating programs.

At a glance

What the data show

Over the 10 years from 2008 to 2017, the U.S. had an annual average of 1,344,100 fires, resulting in:

civilian deaths.

civilian injuries.

$14.7 billion
in direct property loss each year.

10-year trends for fires and fire-related injuries have decreased.
10-year trends for fire-related deaths and dollar loss have increased.

Areas that continue to be of concern

The elderly remain at high risk of death from fire.

The focus for fire injury prevention should be on adults 25–64 and those 80–84.

Males, African Americans and American Indians/Alaskan Natives remain at a higher risk of death from fire than the general population.

Outside/Wildland fires.

This file contains a wide variety of statistics on overall fires and fire losses, fires and fire losses by property type, and fire causes by property type. Fire in the United States (20th Edition) PDF 2.2 MB describes the methodologies used in analyzing the data in this spreadsheet.