NSW Bushfire History
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Date Fatalities Area Burnt (Ha) Houses DestroyedOther LossesInsured Loss (normalised) Locations Inquiries triggered
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2013(Oct) (provisional)2>127,000208122 houses damaged, 40 other buildings destroyed$183 millionBlue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Central Coast
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1993-944>800,00020680 other premises destroyed$215 millionNorth Coast, Hunter, South Coast, Blue Mountains, Baulkham Hills, Sutherland, most of Royal National Park, Blue Mountains, Warringah–PittwaterCabinet Committee on Bush Fire Management and Control, NSW Legislative Assembly Select Committee on Bushfires, NSW Bushfire Coronial Inquiry
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1957-585>2,000,000158many businesses, shops, schools, churches and a hospitalBlue Mountains, Leura
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19442150ChurchesBlue Mountains, Lochinvar
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2001-02744,0001096000 head of livestock$131 millionAcross 44 local government areas in the Greater Sydney, Hunter, North Coast, mid-north coast, Northern Tablelands, Central Tablelands areasParliamentary Inquiry into the 2001/02 Bushfires
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2002-0331,464,0008686 houses destroyed, 3400 stock 151 days of severe fire activity$43 million81 local government areas in Greater Sydney, Hunter, North Coast, Northern Tablelands, Northern Rivers, northwest slopes, north-west plains, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Illawarra, South Coast
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1968-6914>2,000,00080161 buildings in totalSouth Coast (Sept.), much of the coastal and nearby range areas of the state
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2013(Jan)650,0005757 houses destroyed$35 millionCoonabarabran, Yass, Shoalhaven
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1979-8013>1,000,00014Mudgee, Warringah and Sutherland Shires, majority of council areas, Goulburn and South Coast
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1991-92214$54 millionBaulkham Hills, Gosford City, Wyong Shire, Lake Macquarie
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2005-0650,0001313 housesJunee, Central west, north-west slopes
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1997-983>500,00010$8 millionHunter, Blue Mountains, Shoalhaven, Menai, Coonabarabran, Padstow Heights, South Windsor – Bligh Park
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1990-91>280,0008176,000 sheep, 200 cattle, hundreds of km of fencingLocal government shires of Hay, Murrumbidgee, Carrathool; Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Cessnock, Hawkesbury, Warringah, Wollondilly, Gosford, Wyong
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1978-79>50,0005heavy stock lossesSouthern Highlands, south-west slopesCoronial Inquiry
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1976-7774,0003Hornsby, Blue mountains
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1926-278>2,000,000North Coast and Newcastle district, Canberra, Albury, Dubbo, Griffith Royal Commission of Inquiry on Bush Fires in the State of New South Wales
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1938-391373,000Many houses, pine plantationsDubbo, Lugarno, Snowy Mountains, Canberra
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1951-5211>4,000,000Worst affected district around Wagga Wagga and Pilliga in the north-west
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1964-655530,000Houses, farms, forestsSnowy Mountains, Southern Tablelands, Nowra, Sydney
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1969-701280,000Roto and Riverina areas
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1972-73300,000Kosciusko National Park, Eden, Queanbeyan, Burrinjuck Dam
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1974-7564,500,00050,000 stock, 10,170km fencingBourke to Balranald, Cobar Shire, Moolah–Corinya—most of the Western Division
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1977-78354,00049 buildingsBlue Mountains
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1982-83360,000$12 million of pinesBlue Moutains, Sutherland and southern NSWCoronial Inquiry into a fire at Royal National Park, Grays Point
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1984-8553,500,00040,000 stock, $40 million damage$179 millionWestern Division
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198610,000Mount Kaputar National Park
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1987-884180,000Bethungra, Warurillah–Yanco, southeastern part of Kosciuzsko National Park, Sutherland, Penrith, Wellington
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20004Mt Ku-ring-gaiCoronial Inquiry into the Fire at Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
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