Fire is one of the most lethal natural disasters. Fires burn and eat away at nearly all substances. Bushfires are fires that occur in forest area and the outback. Bushfires destroy and burn nearly every single thing in their paths. Bushfires are especially dangerous because they spread so quickly and have a long supply of fuel thanks to the dried out leaves and trees that can be found in the outback.
How do Bushfires start?
The main ways in which fires start are by natural causes or human activity. Natural causes can be friction during high temperatures causing a spark. Human activity consists of camp fires going out of control, arsonists and pranksters, burning of agriculture and machinery accidents.
As there are so many possible ways in which bushfires start, fires are very common. People also need to be very careful when dealing with fire.
Black Saturday Bushfires
Bushfires are deadly. On the 7 th of February 2008, Victoria saw one of the worst bushfires ever recorded. Referred to as the Black Saturday bushfires, these fires simultaneously ignited all around the state. Over 4000 people were injured and 173 people died. Many homes were lost and towns like Marysville and Flowerdale were burned down to the ground.