A major bushfire, blamed on collapsed power lines, broke out at about noon on 29 December 2009 after outdoor temperature had reached45.4 °C and the "catastrophic" fire risk rating had been used for the first time in the state. Areas to the south, south-west and east of Toodyay were affected, with more than 3,000 hectares of forest burnt and 38 homes were lost.
The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday, 7 February 2009 and were one of Australia's worst ever bush fire disasters. The fires occurred during extreme weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire;173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires. (Source: Wikipedia, 2015)
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