Ash Wednesday fires (1980)
|Ash Wednesday I|
|Location||Adelaide Hills, South Australia|
|Date(s)||20 February 1980|
|Burned area||3,770 ha (14.6 sq mi)|
|Ignition source||Faulty powerlines, arson, and negligence after years of extreme drought|
The first Ash Wednesday fires were a series of bushfires that began in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, on Ash Wednesday, 20 February 1980. 51 homes and 25 other buildings were destroyed, and 75 farms were affected. 40 people were injured, with 150 left homeless. The fire burnt an area of 3,770 ha (14.6 sq mi), and caused an estimated $34,000,000 damage.