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Data on fires, location, cause, motive, casualties and false alarms and Special Service Incidents attended for April to September 2023.

Main points


  • The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services attended 6,164 fires in this period, an increase of 17%.
  • There were 2,175 primary fires in Wales, an increase of 2%. 
  • There were 3,934 secondary fires in Wales, a decrease of 24%. Since a large proportion of secondary fires occur outside, they are likely to be influenced by weather conditions. 
  • June 2023 saw a large increase (86%) in the numbers of secondary fires compared with June 2022. April and July 2023 saw decreases of 50% and in August 2023 there was a decrease of 68% in the number of secondary fires compared with these months in 2022.
  • There were 1,563 grassland, woodland and crop fires in this period, a decrease of 33%.


  • There were 12 fire deaths in Wales, 7 more than reported in the same period in the previous year. 
  • There were 76 injuries in this period, 1 more than in the previous year. 
  • A further 118 received first aid, were sent to a hospital for precautionary tests or were advised to seek medical advice. This is 25 fewer than the number in the same period in the previous year. 

False alarms

  • There were 8,634 fire false alarms in Wales, 4% more than reported in the same period the previous year.
  • There were 216 malicious fire false alarms, 15% fewer than in the same period in the previous year.


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Claire Davey

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