List of Australian bushfire seasons

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This is a list of specific seasons of bushfires in Australia including some significant bushfire events from each season. Events are listed if they cause fatalities, destroy houses, or burn more than 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres) of land. Each season begins in June (the beginning of the Australian winter) and runs through the following May (the end of the Australian autumn).

2010s[edit]

  • The most destructive bushfire season in terms of human life and property loss since the 2008–09 Australian bushfire season. Insurance losses of around A$353 million[1]
  • At least 317,000 hectares (780,000 acres) burned
  • Loss of 408 houses and at least 500 non-residential buildings
  • 8 deaths as a direct result of fire: 6 people died in Western Australia, 2 in South Australia. In New South Wales a volunteer firefighter died due to unrelated health complications while on duty.[2]
  • 2015 Esperance bushfires: 4 fatalities; 19 buildings destroyed
  • 2015 Pinery bushfire: 2 fatalities; 470+ buildings destroyed
  • 2016 Tasmanian bushfires: catastrophic impact on Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area lands
NASA image showing the Snowy River bushfire in Eastern Victoria at night in February 2014. The bushfire which lasted for 70 days grew to 165 800 ha and was roughly the same size as Melbourne. Also visible are the fires at the Hazelwood coalmine and Kilmore. Source: NASA Earth Observatory.

2000s[edit]

  • Black Christmas bushfires: 109 houses lost and 733,342 hectares (1,812,130 acres) burned from 24 December to 16 January at numerous locations in New South Wales.[48]
  • 1 house lost in March at Glenaroua in Victoria[40]
  • 11 houses lost from 1–9 February at Tulka in South Australia.[42]

1990s[edit]

  • 4 fatalities and 10 houses lost on 20 November at Menai in New South Wales[48][50]
  • 23 houses lost from September to November in southeast Queensland.[52]
  • 2 fatalities and 14 houses lost on 16 October in western Sydney and the Central Coast in New South Wales[48]
  • 1 fatality and 3 houses lost at Mount Tamborine in Queensland[45]
  • 3 fatalities in Queensland[45]
  • 8 houses lost on 23 December across New South Wales[48]
  • 1 fatality and 17 houses lost on 27 December at Strathbogie[40]

1960s[edit]

Buildings burning in Hobart during the 1967 'Black Tuesday' bushfires.
  • The 1967 Tasmanian fires: 110 separate fire fronts burnt through 2,640 square kilometres (652,000 acres) of land in southern Tasmania. The destruction included 1,293 homes, around 62,000 farm animals, over 1,700 other buildings, 80 bridges, 4,800 sections of power lines, 1,500 motor vehicles and over 100 other structures.

1940s[edit]

1920s[edit]

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