The 2002 wildfire season began early and was the second largest in the past 50 years, after the year 2000. Nearly twice the 10-year average was burned and the total acreage destroyed in 2002 as of November 15th was about 7.1 million acres. Three states recorded their largest wildfires this century (Arizona, Colorado and Oregon), and 21 firefighters lost their lives while battling the fires.

Information courtesy of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Monthly Wildfires Report for Annual 2002, published online January 2003, retrieved on April 18, 2024 from