Average Forest Fires per Year
Although fire can be a necessary process in some ecosystems, it is a significant disturbance to most forests in Maryland, every year accounting for the loss of some acreage in virtually all of the counties and calling on manpower and financial resources of local and state government alike to control. This indicator presents data averaged over the ten-year period from 1990-2000, compiled by the Maryland Forest Service of the Department of Natural Resources. As shown, most of the fires were relatively small in extent and of very limited number in urban and the most heavily agricultural counties.
This is a status indicator and over time will allow tracking of forest fire activity in Maryland.