This section lists some of the major individual fires that have occurred. For an index to articles on individual fire seasons see List of Australian bushfire seasons
Bushfires have accounted for over 800 deaths in Australia since 1851 and the total accumulated cost is estimated at $1.6 billion. In terms of monetary cost however, they rate behind the damage caused by drought, severe storms, hail, and cyclones, perhaps because they most commonly occur outside highly populated urban areas.
Australia's worst ever recorded natural disaster was a Bushfire, the VictorianBlack Saturday Bushfires in 2009, where 173 people lost their lives.
Some of the most severe Australian bushfires, in chronological order, have included:
Fire so intense it created a 12 km-wide convection column, generating its own weather and lightning strikes
2014 East Gippsland bushfires
15 January to 10 March 2014
On 15 January several lightning strikes started fires in forested areas. During February further lightning strikes occurred, and especially on 9 February these fires grew and coalesced into a 166,000ha Goongerrah-Deddick Fire complex (850 km perimeter) with other smaller fires affecting a further 10,000 ha. 11 homes destroyed