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A wooden picnic table in a cleared State Forest Camp Ground was untouched by fires but surrounded by burnt forest. This demonstrates that 'clearing land' does promote a safer environment for those living in the bush. The Black Saturday bushfires, which began on 7th February 2009, were the deadliest in Australia's history. The fires killed 173 people, displacing 7,500 and destroying 2,000 homes over an area of 450,000 hectares.