Australian Fire History

A HISTORY of fatal bushfires in Australia, and quotes from today’s devastation:

Feb 7, 2009 – Sixty-five people confirmed killed and fears of more fatalities in bushfires across rural Victoria.

Dec 30, 2007 – Blaze kills three truckers on a highway near Coolgardie in WA.

Jan 2006 – Three deaths and multi-million-dollar stock and property losses in 10 days of bushfires in Victoria.

Jan 11, 2005 – Nine lives lost in South Australian Eyre Peninsula bushfires.

Dec 2003 – Two women die as they try to outrun flames near Tenterden, 350km south-east of Perth.

Jan 18, 2003 – Four people die and almost 500 homes are razed in a massive firestorm in Canberra.

Dec 2002 – Two men die and more than 20 homes lost in bushfires that spread from rural NSW to ring Sydney.

Dec 2, 1998 – Bushfire claims five firefighters at Linton in Victoria.

Dec 2, 1997 – Two die in bushfires at Lithgow in NSW.

Jan 21, 1997 – Three people die and 33 homes destroyed in bushfires that ravaged the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne’s eastern outskirts.

Jan 1994 – Four die, 200 properties lost, several hundred people injured as bushfires from rural NSW descend on Sydney.

Feb 16, 1983 – Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim 76 people.

Jan 8, 1969 – 23 people die in grassfires in Victoria across townships including Lara, Daylesford, Dulgana, Yea, Darraweit, Kangaroo Flat and Korongvale.

Feb 7, 1967 – Bushfires kill 59 people in southern Tasmania.

Jan 13, 1939 – Black Friday bushfires in Victoria kill 71 people and destroy several towns across 20,000 square kilometres of burnt land.