Australia

The numbers behind Australia's catastrophic bushfire season

At least 23 people have died in bushfires ravaging regions across the country. Source: AAP

At least 23 people are dead, six more are missing and more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed as fires burned through more than six-million hectares of land.

Australia's catastrophic 2019-20 bushfires season at a glance:

NSW

* 18 people dead

* 150 bushfires burning, 64 uncontained

* More than 3.6 million hectares burned, greater than the size of Belgium

* 1365 homes confirmed destroyed but number expected to rise significantly

Victoria

* Two people dead, seven missing

* About 40 bushfires burning

* More than 970,000 hectares burned

* 330 structures confirmed destroyed but significantly more expected

A tree smoulders following a bushfire in Bruthen South, Victoria.
A tree smoulders following a bushfire in Bruthen South, Victoria.
AAP

South Australia

* Three people dead

* 15 bushfires burning, four of significance

* More than 200,000 hectares burned

* 88 homes confirmed destroyed but number expected to rise significantly

Queensland

* About 30 bushfires burning

* 250,000 hectares burned

* 45 homes confirmed destroyed

Fires are seen burning in the Main Range National Park near Tarome, south west of Brisbane.
Fires are seen burning in the Main Range National Park near Tarome, south west of Brisbane.
AAP

Western Australia

* 30 bushfires burning

* 1.5 million hectares burned

* One home confirmed destroyed

Tasmania

* 23 bushfires burning, three of significance

* 30,000 hectares burned

* Two homes confirmed destroyed

Firefighters work to contain the Pelham Road Fire in Southern Tasmania.
Firefighters work to contain the Pelham Road Fire in Southern Tasmania.
TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE

Northern Territory

* No current bushfires

* Five homes confirmed destroyed

ACT

* No bushfires burning

* Significant smoke haze from interstate blazes

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