I know the other thread got closed, but that seemed to be for separate reasons and not because we can't talk about bush fires. I'll kick the convo off again. There is a lot of talk saying these fires are unprecedented, however, let's look at the worst fires in Australia by number of deaths and number of acres burned: Worst by area burned: 1974-75 - NT - 110,000,000 acres 1974-75 - WA - 72,000,000 acres 1974-75 - SA - 42,000,000 acres 2002 - NT - 37,000,000 acres 1974-75 Qld - 19,000,000 acres Current year 2019/20 - 16,000,000 acres Worst by fatalities: 2009 Black Saturday Victoria - 173 dead 1983 Ash Wednesday South Australia & Victoria - 75 dead 1939 Black Friday Victoria - 71 dead 1967 Black Tuesday Tasmania - 62 dead 1926 Victoria - 60 dead 1962 Victoria - 32 dead Current year 2019/20 - 25 dead Everyone agrees this years fires are horrific but to call them unprecedented would seem an exaggeration? Also, 183 people (to date) have been spoken to or charged by police regarding fire offences (including arson) since November. I don't think there are stats yet, however it would seem a significant majority of these fires are the cause of humans lighting fires (which of course has nothing to do with climate change).