Most fires are started by humans, but warmer and drier summers will mean a small spark will more easily turn into a serious fire.
A fire scientist offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.
Relatively little has changed since the Black Saturday tragedy. It is as though Australia suffers amnesia when it comes to bushfire preparedness.
Despite the hype around hazard reduction burning this week, evidence shows the measure does not necessarily reduce the bushfire risk.
There are physical, cultural and legal reasons why fire prevention measures didn't avert the tragedy at the Grenfell Tower – and other buildings are still at risk.