Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 363–376, 2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 363–376, 2020
Research article
03 Feb 2020
Research article | 03 Feb 2020

Wildfire ignition probability in Belgium

Arthur Depicker et al.

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Short summary
In recent years, several valuable nature reserves in Belgium have been severely damaged by wildfires. In order to optimize risk management and prepare for a possibly increasing number of such events, the first wildfire ignition probability map is developed for Belgium, based on data that were obtained from the government and newspaper articles. We find that most ignitions occur in the provinces of Limburg and Antwerp and that most causes are of anthropogenic nature (such as military exercises).
Final-revised paper