What causes forest fires…Climate change, humans or lighting?

First of all most forest fires (over 90%) are caused by humans, either by mistake or on purpose. The rest are caused by lighting strikes. Secondly forest fires are on the decline. Unfortunately forest fire data only goes back to 1980 when they started to record them. So we do not have a very long timeline to analyze. Would be much better if we had a few hundred years at least, but this is what we have.


Since 1980 the trend has been less fires every years. The below chart is from Environment Canada, the government.

Source: https://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/ha/nfdb

USA Statistics


The government and media are constantly screaming, climate change was causing forest fires….. but then said they were caused by humans and lighting.

Headlines read one way while the details are in the fine print. Seems everything is attributed to Climate Change nowadays! Most fires are caused by humans and the rest are by lighting strikes. As long as there has been forests, there have been forest fires.

“Tingley said – like most forest fires – were likely “human-caused,” as there were no lightning strikes in the area recently, though DNRR is investigating what the specific causes were.”

The department noted that most fires are caused by human activity and just five per cent by lightning strikes. In British Columbia, lightning and “a rare chance of other natural causes” are the root of 60 per cent of fires, compared to human activity starting around 40 per cent.

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