Scale and impact of agents and processes affecting forest health and vitality – bushfire affected area and climate

Between 2013 and 2018, The most damaging bushfire on record is the Wye River-Jamieson Track fire, instigated by lightning on 19 December 2015. The fire exceeded control lines on Christmas Day under extreme weather conditions, burning 2,520 hectares of national park and private properties, with an estimated 160 houses. Between 2013 and 2014, Victoria experienced its most significant fire season since 2008, which challenged emergency services and Victorian communities. Across the season, Victoria had 19 days of Extreme and Severe Fire Danger Rating, and 16 days of Total Fire Ban. More than 463,000 hectares of public and private land was burnt, and 80 residences destroyed. Bushfire-affected area has been decreasing since 2003. Annual mean temperature and number of unusually warm days are increasing. This could reverse this trend in the future.
Bushfire affected area (hectare), annual mean temperature by year, and number of unusually warm days by year