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18118 – Grassland incidents 2018

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A request for information about fire on grassland, woodland or crops from 1st May 2014 to 31st July 2018 -18118

Ref: FOI/18118


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 3rd August 2018

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Any and all fires recorded by the fire service as taking place on grassland, woodland or crops during the periods:

May 1 – July 31 2014

May 1 – July 31 2015

May 1 – July 31 2016

May 1 – July 31 2017

May 1 – July 31 2018

For each incident please also provide:

The main cause of the fire, the ignition source, the main action by the fire service, any damage to property, any injury to persons.

Please provide the information in the form of a .xls spreadsheet file.


Please see attached,

Figures for deliberate fires from May 2014 to July 2018. 1.0 Download

Please note:

  • For Outdoor secondary incidents we don’t record the cause, only the motive and we don’t record the fire/ damage or injuries
  • The list of data is a mix between FDR and SEC incidents therefore there is more data for the FDR incidents as more information is captured.
  • Data around damage to property I have include FDR incidents, this includes secondary fire spreading to a property, natural occurrence, intentional burning, and heat source and combustion. These are included because we don’t specify whether the initial fire took place at grassland, woodland or crops before spreading to a property.
  • The main action of the fire service when attending a fire would be to the tackle the fire.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.