Direct Property Damage
(in Billions)

Year

Fires

Civilian
Deaths

Civilian
Injuries

As Reported

In 2012 Dollars

1977

723,500

5,865

21,640

$2.7

$10.2

1978

706,500

6,015

20,400

$2.1

$7.4

1979

696,500

5,500

18,825

$2.4

$7.6

1980

734,000

5,200

19,700

$2.8

$7.8

1981

711,000

5,400

19,125

$3.1

$7.8

1982

654,500

4,820

20,450

$3.1

$7.4

1983

625,500

4,670

20,750

$3.2

$7.4

1984

605,500

4,075

18,750

$3.4

$7.5

1985

606,000

4,885

19,175

$3.7

$7.9

1986

565,500

4,655

18,575

$3.5

$7.3

1987

536,500

4,570

19,965

$3.6

$7.3

1988

538,500

4,955

22,075

$3.9

$7.6

1989

498,500

4,335

20,275

$3.9

$7.2

1990

454,500

4,050

20,225

$4.2

$7.4

1991

464,500

3,500

21,275

$5.51

$9.31

1992

459,000

3,705

21,100

$3.8

$6.2

1993

458,000

3,720

22,000

$4.82

$7.72

1994

438,000

3,425

19,475

$4.2

$6.5

1995

414,000

3,640

18,650

$4.3

$6.5

1996

417,000

4,035

18,875

$4.9

$7.2

1997

395,500

3,360

17,300

$4.5

$6.4

1998

369,500

3,220

16,800

$4.3

$6.1

1999

371,000

2,895

16,050

$5.0

$6.9

2000

368,000

3,420

16,975

$5.5

$7.3

2001

383,500

3,110

15,200

$5.5

$7.1

2002

389,000

2,670

13,650

$5.9

$7.5

2003

388,500

3,145

13,650

$5.93

$7.43

2004

395,500

3,190

13,700

$5.8

$7.1

2005

381,000

3,030

13,300

$6.7

$7.9

2006

396,000

2,580

12,500

$6.8

$7.7

2007

399,000

2,865

13,600

$7.44

$8.24

2008

386,500

2,755

13,160

$8.25

$8.8

2009

362,500

2,565

12,650

$7.6

$8.1

2010

369,500

2,640

13,350

$6.9

$7.5

2011

370,000

2,520

13,910

$6.9

$7.0

2012

365,000

2,380

12,875

$5.7

$5.7

      2013        369,500           2,755 12,200 $6.8             $6.8

1Includes $1.5 billion in damage caused by the Oakland Fire Storm, most of which was lost to homes but for which no detailed breakdown by property type was available.
2Includes $809 million in damage caused by Southern California wildfires
3This does not include the Southern California wildfires with an estimated property damage of $2 billion.
4Does 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.

"Homes" are dwellings, duplexes, manufactured homes (also called mobile homes), apartments, rowhouses, and townhouses. Other residential properties, such as hotels and motels, dormitories, barracks, rooming and boarding homes, and the like, are not included.

Direct property damage figures do not include indirect losses, like business interruption.
Inflation adjustment to 2013 dollars is done using the consumer price index.

Source: Fire Loss in the United States 2013, Michael J. Karter, Jr., NFPA, September 2014 and previous reports in the series.

Updated 9/14