Intentionally Set Outdoor Fires   [open pdf - 891KB]

"Between 2004 and 2006, an estimated 176,100 outdoor fires were intentionally set each year in the United States. These intentionally set fires accounted for approximately 27 percent of outdoor fires reported to fire departments and 7 percent of all fires. Intentionally set outdoor fires resulted in an estimated 250 civilian injuries and 20 civilian deaths. Property losses for intentionally set outdoor fires are sometimes difficult to assess as intentionally set outdoor fires. For example, rubbish fires often do not have dollar losses associated with them. Nationally, losses from intentionally set outdoor fires are estimated at $23 million. The term 'outdoor fires' can include a variety of fires that occur out of doors: wildland fires, crop fires, rubbish fires, and others. Intentionally set fires are those fires that are deliberately set and include fires that result from deliberate misuse of a heat source, fires of an incendiary nature (arson), as well as controlled burn fires of crops, rubbish, and waste that required fire service intervention. This topical report focuses on intentionally set outdoor fires that are reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) using the standard fire reporting modules and does not include wildland fires."

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U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
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Topical Fire Report Series (November 2009), v.9 no.6
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