GALLERY: The nation's worst bushfires since 2000

A bushfire rages in regional Victoria on Black Saturday in 2009. Picture: JASON SOUTH
A bushfire rages in regional Victoria on Black Saturday in 2009. Picture: JASON SOUTH
Elvis the helitanker works in Macquarie Park in 2002. Picture: NICK MOIR

Elvis the helitanker works in Macquarie Park in 2002. Picture: NICK MOIR

A Canberra man hoses down his roof ahead of bushfires in 2001. Picture: JACKY GHOSSEIN

A Canberra man hoses down his roof ahead of bushfires in 2001. Picture: JACKY GHOSSEIN

Owners of a destroyed home in the Blue Mountains sift through the wreckage. Picture: REUTERS

Owners of a destroyed home in the Blue Mountains sift through the wreckage. Picture: REUTERS

A fire threatens a property in the Canberra suburb of Curtin in 2003. Picture: SEAN DAVEY

A fire threatens a property in the Canberra suburb of Curtin in 2003. Picture: SEAN DAVEY

A firefighter inspect a home destroyed by fire during Canberra's 2003 bushfires. Picture: SEAN DAVEY

A firefighter inspect a home destroyed by fire during Canberra's 2003 bushfires. Picture: SEAN DAVEY

The Christmas Day bushfires in the northern Illawarra in 2001. Picture: CATHY SWAIN

The Christmas Day bushfires in the northern Illawarra in 2001. Picture: CATHY SWAIN

A bushfire burns out of control on Sussex Inlet Road in 2002. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

A bushfire burns out of control on Sussex Inlet Road in 2002. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

A kangaroo in front of the Stromlo Conservatory in Canberra in 2003. Picture: ANDREW MEARES

A kangaroo in front of the Stromlo Conservatory in Canberra in 2003. Picture: ANDREW MEARES

Water bombers battle a fire at Shoalhaven Heads Beach in 2002. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Water bombers battle a fire at Shoalhaven Heads Beach in 2002. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

The Sydney skyline is bathed in smoke on December 27, 2001. Picture: ANDREW MEARES

The Sydney skyline is bathed in smoke on December 27, 2001. Picture: ANDREW MEARES

A firefighter shelters from the flames in Orangeville on December 27, 2001. Picture: NICK MOIR

A firefighter shelters from the flames in Orangeville on December 27, 2001. Picture: NICK MOIR

The town of Huskisson following the 2001/2002 bushfires. Picture: DALLAS KILPONEN

The town of Huskisson following the 2001/2002 bushfires. Picture: DALLAS KILPONEN

Swimmers on Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay watch the smoke from fires in 2003. Picture: KATE GERAGHTY

Swimmers on Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay watch the smoke from fires in 2003. Picture: KATE GERAGHTY

Police man a road block on the Princes Highway on Boxing Day, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

Police man a road block on the Princes Highway on Boxing Day, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

A firefighter battles a blaze in Sydney's south-west on Christmas Day, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

A firefighter battles a blaze in Sydney's south-west on Christmas Day, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

A fire burns out of control at Darkes Forest during the Christmas Day fires in 2001. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A fire burns out of control at Darkes Forest during the Christmas Day fires in 2001. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A fire burns out of control at Darkes Forest during the Christmas Day fires in 2001. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A fire burns out of control at Darkes Forest during the Christmas Day fires in 2001. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Firefighters watch a huge bushfire move through Heathcote on BOxing Day, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

Firefighters watch a huge bushfire move through Heathcote on BOxing Day, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

A firefighter battles a blaze in Heathcote on December 27, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

A firefighter battles a blaze in Heathcote on December 27, 2001. Picture: REUTERS

Bushfires rage close to homes in Pennant Hills, in Sydney's west, in 2001. Picture: PENNY BRADFIELD

Bushfires rage close to homes in Pennant Hills, in Sydney's west, in 2001. Picture: PENNY BRADFIELD

People watch the Wandandian fire burn from Lake Conjola. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

People watch the Wandandian fire burn from Lake Conjola. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

Two men watch the fire burn at Wandandian on Tuesday. Picture: NICK MOIR

Two men watch the fire burn at Wandandian on Tuesday. Picture: NICK MOIR

A fire rages outside the town of Bicheno, Tasmania, this week. Picture: HANNAH WOOLLEY

A fire rages outside the town of Bicheno, Tasmania, this week. Picture: HANNAH WOOLLEY

The devastation caused in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley by this year's fires. Picture: REUTERS

The devastation caused in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley by this year's fires. Picture: REUTERS

Australia has seen countless devastating bushfire during the past decade, as blazes ravaged the cities of Sydney and Canberra as well as the smaller regional towns of the South Coast and regional Victoria. 

The town of Kinglake, Victoria, destroyed by fire after Black Saturday in 2009. Picture: ANGELA WYLIE

The town of Kinglake, Victoria, destroyed by fire after Black Saturday in 2009. Picture: ANGELA WYLIE

A firefighter in despair during the Black Saturday bushfiresin Victoria in 2009. Picture: JASON SOUTH

A firefighter in despair during the Black Saturday bushfiresin Victoria in 2009. Picture: JASON SOUTH