Direct
Property Damage|
(in Millions)

Years

Fires

Civilian Deaths

Civilian Injuries

As Reported

In 2012 Dollars

1980

143,500

1,025

3,600

$401

$1,117

1981

137,000

970

4,250

$415

$1,045

1982

116,500

860

4,700

$353

$838

1983

102,000

845

4,300

$413

$950

1984

99,500

785

3,650

$417

$919

1985

104,500

865

3,925

$476

$1,013

1986

97,500

650

3,925

$472

$988

1987

103,500

790

4,765

$521

$1,052

1988

106,000

830

4,950

$548

$1,063

1989

96,000

790

5,050

$541

$1,001

1990

95,500

680

4,975

$623

$1,095

1991

101,500

595

5,675

$6091

$1,0251

1992

101,000

545

5,825

$597

$976

1993

100,000

685

6,300

$6532

$1,0362

1994

97,000

640

5,475

$678

$1,050

1995

94,000

605

5,200

$649

$976

1996

93,000

565

5,175

$748

$1,095

1997

93,000

660

5,000

$718

$1,026

1998

86,500

445

5,000

$631

$889

1999

88,500

520

4,500

$842

$1,159

2000

84,500

500

4,400

$886

$1,181

2001

88,000

460

3,800

$864

$1,120

2002

88,500

390

3,700

$926

$1,181

2003

91,500

410

3,650

$8973

$1,1193

2004

94,000

510

3,200

$885

$1,076

2005

94,000

460

3,000

$948

$1,113

2006

91,500

425

3,700

$896

$1,019

2007

98,500

515

3,950

$1,164

$1,287

2008

95,500

390

3,975

$1,3514

$1,4414

2009

90,000

465

3,350

$1,2255

$1,3095

2010

90,500

440

3,950

$1,003

$1,056

2011

95,500

415

4,425

$1,168

$1,192

2012

97,000

380

4,050

$1,192

$1,192

Note: These are national estimates of fires reported to U.S. municipal fire departments and so exclude fires reported only to Federal or state agencies or industrial fire brigades. National estimates are projections. Casualty and loss projections can be heavily influenced by the inclusion or exclusion of one unusually serious fire. Fires are rounded to the nearest hundred, civilian deaths and injuries are rounded to the nearest ten, and direct property damage is rounded to the nearest million dollars.

1Does not include $1.5 billion in damage cause by the Oakland Fire Storm.
2Does not include $809 million in damage caused by Southern California wildfires.
3Does not include the Southern California wildfires with an estimated property damage of $2 billion.
4This does not include the California Fire Storm 2007 with an estimated property damage of $1.8 billion.
5Does not include the California wildfires 2008 with an estimated property damage of $1.4 billion.

Direct property damage figures do not include indirect losses, like business interruption.
Inflation adjustment to 2012 dollars is done using the consumer price index.

Source: Fire Loss in the United States 2012, Michael J. Karter, Jr., NFPA, September 2013 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 10/13