How many bushfires are there in Australia 2014?

How many bushfires are there in Australia 2014?

2013–14 Australian bushfire season
Location Australia
Statistics
Date(s) Winter (June) 2013 – Autumn (May) 2014
Buildings destroyed 571+ total 371 houses 200+ non-residential structures

How big was the biggest bushfire in Australia?

117 million hectares
The largest known area burnt was between 100–117 million hectares (250–290 million acres), impacting approximately 15 per cent of Australia’s physical land mass, during the 1974-75 Australian bushfire season.

What are the cause of bushfires?

What causes bushfires? Bushfires are the result of a combination of weather and vegetation (which acts as a fuel for the fire), together with a way for the fire to begin – most commonly due to a lightning strike and sometimes human-influences (mostly accidental such as the use of machinery which produces a spark).

Where are the most bushfires?

In terms of the total area burnt, the largest fires are in the Northern Territory and northern areas of Western Australia and Queensland. Most loss of life and economic damage occurs around the fringes of cities where homes are commonly in close proximity to flammable vegetation.

What was the worst bushfire ever?

1974–75 bushfire In the summer of 1974-1975 (southern hemisphere), Australia suffered its worst recorded bushfire, when 15% of Australia’s land mass suffered “extensive fire damage”. Fires that summer burnt an estimated 117 million hectares (290 million acres; 1,170,000 square kilometres; 450,000 square miles).

Why does Australia have so many bushfires?

There are several reasons first obviously fires need highly combustible fuel to survive and grow. Unfortunately, Australia has some of the best combustible bush and trees in the world including Eucalyptus trees which not only burn easily at a great heat but can also explode due to the build-up of gasses from the eucalyptus oils.

Does Australia have the most bushfires in the world?

Bushfires in Australia are a widespread and regular occurrence that have contributed significantly to shaping the nature of the continent over millions of years.Eastern Australia is one of the most fire-prone regions of the world, and its predominant eucalyptus forests have evolved to thrive on the phenomenon of bushfire.

Where are bushfires most common in Australia?

– Smoking or a discarded cigarette butt – Burning off/debris – Arson

How often do bushfires occur in Australia?

Yes Australia does have a fire season, This occurs after dry winters and before any summer rain. Small bush fires are relatively common, and usually quickly controlled. Large uncontrollable bushfires happen around every 10/20 years in the southern states of Australia. The ferocity and damage is due to the high fuel load and topography.