Black Saturday.

Disasterious Bushfires.

Hundreds dead, thousands of homes destroyed.

As many as 400 individual fires were recorded on the 7th of February. Following the events of 7 February 2009 and its aftermath, that day has become widely referred to as Black Saturday.The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-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. The fires also destroyed over 2,030 houses and more than 3,500 structures, and damaged thousands more. Many towns northeast of Melbourne, the state capital, were badly damaged, and Kinglake, Marysville, Narbethong, Strathewen, and Flowerdale were all but completely destroyed. The death toll of Black Saturday was almost double that of Ash Wensday in 1983.

The fires affected 78 townships and displaced an estimated 7,562 people. Many of those displaced sought temporary accommodation, much of it donated in the form of spare rooms, caravans, tents, and beds in community relief centres.