Analysis of NFIRS Data for Selected Wildfires Including Impacts in Wildland Urban Interface Areas [open pdf - 6MB]
From the Executive Summary: "This analysis compares the publicly reported loss metrics (e.g., deaths, injuries, dollar losses and acres burned) from media and government sources for 6 named wildfires between 2016 and 2018 with the data reported by local fire departments to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The 6 wildfires were selected by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to reflect a diversity of wildland urban interface (WUI) conditions, land management responsibilities, locations, terrains and climates:  Chimney Tops 2, Tennessee, 2016.  Northwest Oklahoma Complex, Oklahoma/Kansas, 2017.  West Mims, Georgia/Florida, 2017.  Spring Creek, Colorado, 2018.  Woolsey, California (Southern), 2018.  Camp, California (Northern), 2018. Overall, the data in the NFIRS for these wildfires significantly understates the publicly reported losses except for acres burned, which was often overreported in the NFIRS[.]"
U.S. Fire Administration: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/