Highway vehicle fires

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Direct Property Damage
(in Billions)

Year

Fires

Civilian
Deaths

Civilian
Injuries

As Reported

In 2012 Dollars

1980

456,000

650

2,850

$0.5

$1.4

1981

453,000

770

2,900

$0.5

$1.3

1982

433,000

575

3,250

$0.5

$1.2

1983

435,500

670

3,400

$0.6

$1.4

1984

437,000

530

3,250

$0.6

$1.3

1985

437,000

770

3,250

$0.7

$1.5

1986

438,000

665

2,850

$0.7

$1.5

1987

451,000

755

2,900

$0.7

$1.4

1988

459,000

800

2,750

$0.8

$1.6

1989

415,500

560

2,750

$0.8

$1.5

1990

415,000

645

3,025

$0.8

$1.4

1991

406,500

530

2,675

$0.8

$1.3

1992

385,500

665

2,750

$0.8

$1.3

1993

402,000

540

2,400

$0.9

$1.4

1994

402,000

555

2,325

$1.0

$1.5

1995

386,000

490

2,275

$1.0

$1.5

1996

395,000

550

2,075

$1.1

$1.6

1997

377,000

450

1,950

$1.1

$1.6

1998

358,500

545

2,050

$1.1

$1.5

1999

345,000

450

1,600

$1.1

$1.5

2000

325,000

450

1,325

$1.2

$1.6

2001

327,000

470

1,750

$1.3

$1.7

2002

307,000

540

1,700

$1.2

$1.5

2003

286,000

455

1,400

$1.1

$1.4

2004

266,500

520

1,300

$1.0

$1.2

2005

259,000

500

1,450

$1.0

$1.2

2006

250,000

445

1,075

$1.0

$1.1

2007

227,500

365

1,500

$1.1

$1.2

2008

207,000

350

850

$1.2

$1.3

2009

190,500

260

1,455

$1.0

$1.1

2010

184,500

285

1,440

$1.0

$1.1

2011

187,500

270

1,020

$1.0

$1.0

2012

172,500

300

800

$1.3

$1.3

Highway vehicles include any vehicle designed to operate normally on highways, such as automobiles, motorcycles, buses, trucks, and trailers, but not manufactured homes on foundations.

Direct property damage figures do not include indirect losses, like business interruption.
Inflation adjustment to 2012dollars 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

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