REVEALED: The staggering number of wildfires across the Fylde coast in 2018

California, Greece, Spain - even Scandinavia.

Friday, 10th August 2018, 11:28 am
Updated Monday, 13th August 2018, 11:36 am
Firefighters tackle the Winter Hill wildfires

It appears major parts of the world are on fire.

Global heatwaves have seen blazes tear through communities - and the UK has not escaped the worst.

The Winter Hill fire in Chorley took hundreds of man hours to put out while a nature reserve on the dunes in St Annes was ravaged by flames.

Firefighters tackle the Winter Hill wildfires

The number of fires in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in the last five years have been released publicly for the first time.

Below is additional data relating to the number of grass and wildfires, causes and motives of 2018 fires and type of property for 2018 fires.

Blackpool

May - July 2014 - 14May - July 2015 - 9May - July 2016 - 14May - July 2017 - 16May - July 2018 - 30

Accidental 5Deliberate - others property 4Deliberate - own property 1Deliberate - unknown owner 7Not known 13Canal/riverbank vegetation 0Grassland, pasture, grazing etc 7Heathland or moorland 0Hedge 2Private/Domestic garden/allotment (vegetation not equipment/building) 5Railway trackside vegetation 0Roadside vegetation 6Scrub land 7Stacked/baled crop (incl manure heap) 0Standing crop 0Straw/stubble burning 0Tree scrub (includes single trees not in garden) 3Woodland/forest - broadleaf/hardwood 0Woodland/forest - conifers/softwood 0

Fylde

May - July 2014 - 2May - July 2015 - 5May - July 2016 - 5May - July 2017 - 2May - July 2018 - 17

Accidental 10Deliberate - others property 2Deliberate - own property 4Deliberate - unknown owner 1Not known 0Canal/riverbank vegetation 0Grassland, pasture, grazing etc 4Heathland or moorland 1Hedge 2Private/Domestic garden/allotment (vegetation not equipment/building) 4Railway trackside vegetation 0Roadside vegetation 2Scrub land 0Stacked/baled crop (incl manure heap) 1Standing crop 1Straw/stubble burning 1Tree scrub (includes single trees not in garden) 1Woodland/forest - broadleaf/hardwood 0Woodland/forest - conifers/softwood 0

Wyre

May - July 2014 - 9May - July 2015 - 5May - July 2016 - 2May - July 2017 - 11May - July 2018 - 10

Accidental 6Deliberate - others property 1Deliberate - own property 1Deliberate - unknown owner 0Not known 2Canal/riverbank vegetation 1Grassland, pasture, grazing etc 1Heathland or moorland 0Hedge 1Private/Domestic garden/allotment (vegetation not equipment/building) 1Railway trackside vegetation 0Roadside vegetation 1Scrub land 1Stacked/baled crop (incl manure heap) 4Standing crop 0Straw/stubble burning 0Tree scrub (includes single trees not in garden) 0Woodland/forest - broadleaf/hardwood 0Woodland/forest - conifers/softwood 0