Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Wildfire Management Branch
The number of wildfires that occur on average every year in British Columbia is usually given as 2,000, with half caused by people and half caused by lightning. Because this is an average, it is different every year, and therefore this generalization is never totally accurate.
The current 10-year average*, taken from 2002 to 2011, is 1,922 fires, 40.4% caused by people and 64.3% caused by lightning.
The following table shows the number and percentage of people- and lightning-caused fires for last year and the 10 preceeding years.
* The average does not include the most recent year.