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EIR 1726 / May 2024 / July 2022 Wildfires

Thank you for your request under the Environmental Information Regulations.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) does hold the information you have requested.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Questions and final response:

Question 1 - I am writing to request data under the Freedom of Information Act regarding information on wildfires that occurred in July of 2022 in this FRS district. Specifically, I am interested in obtaining the following information for the period of July 2022:

1. Location (coordinates) and timing (date and time of day) of the wildfires.

2. Fire size – ideally fire perimeters.

3. Number of resources deployed.

4. Fuel type burned (if available).

5. Impact (e.g. buildings/houses affected, personal injuries, infrastructure, fire service equipment, traffic delays, any evacuations, etc).

6. If/when a major incident was declared.


We published a response to a similar enquiry on our Transparency website EIR 1666 / December 2023 / Wildfire Data (

.This includes the period requested – July 2022.

The following data extracted from our operational debrief for this period, collated the following data across the operational response of ECFRS:

• July – 3,916 pump mobilisations across the county.

• July - ECFRS Control received 5,792 calls, this being 47% increase on the fiveyear average, resulting in 2,325 IRS reported incidents (July 2021 1,399).

• 82% of fires reported in July were outdoor fires. 


We hope this information is useful to you.




Incident and other data is published on our transparency site. Incident Data ( .

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on our website

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