This is the first time the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry has published forest fire statistics for the unified territory of Germany. Until the unification in 1990 the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic kept separate fire records (see IFFN No.2, December 1989). This explains the sudden increase in the total number of fires and forested area affected by fires by 84% and 91% respectively (Tab.1).
Tab.1. Forest fires in Germany from 1977 to 1991: Fire causes, number of fires, burned area and estimated damage. The fire statistics of the former German Democratic Republic are first included in 1991. Source: Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten 1992
From: Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry
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