NZ Wildfire Season Summary

This report summarises the 2019/2020 wildfire season for New Zealand (1 October 2019 – 30 May 2020). The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of the past season, to aid discussions in each district around operational reduction and readiness measures, and opportunities for continual improvement. Trends in the number of wildfires, area burnt, and fire causes have been identified using data from the Fire and Emergency NZ fire incident reporting database. This report also summarises New Zealand’s fire weather and climatology information from the Fire Weather System. The findings are broken down into national and regional/district analyses (found in the Appendix).