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Bushfires have always been a part of life on the Australian continent. But as Australia experiences hotter and drier summers – a strong indicator of climate change – they are becoming more widespread and more destructive. The fire truck is a powerful symbol of Australia’s changing environment.

More on fire in Australia

Momentous: Sharing bushfire and pandemic stories

Stories of profound change from the 2019–20 bushfires and Covid-19.

Black Saturday bushfires

The 2009 Victorian bushfires resulted in the greatest loss of life from fire since colonisation.

Canberra bushfires

Bushfires killed four people and destroyed 500 homes in the national capital in 2003.

Black Thursday bushfires

European settlers in Victoria faced their first catastrophic bushfires in 1851.

In our collection

Burnt fire truck wheelFire damaged wheel and hub. The wheel is fitted with a chrome-plated hubcap with "SCANIA" imbossed across the center. The wheel is swathed in blackened and rusty wire remnants of the steel belted radial tyre.
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