History of bushfires

Bushfires have existed for as long as trees have been around. The kind of Australian trees that tend to burn most vigorously evolved millions of years ago to cope with the dry conditions as continental Australia drifted slowly towards the equator. For example is thought that bushfires in Australia really regularly occurred some 60 million years ago

But in more recent times, here are some historical Bushfires of significance to Australia, with particularly high lose of life and or properties:

  • Black friday bushfires 1938
  • Ash Wednesday bushfires 1983
  • Black Saturday bushfires 2009
  • Canberra Bushfires 2003