I saw a program on Discovery Channel or something about this a couple years ago. One of those "perfect storm" shows where they say that someday all of the conditions will come together to create these huge problems. The others they talked about were huge earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest, super tornadoes in Texas, power outage in the North East, and I think typhoons in Japan or something. Anyway, sounds like the conditions all came together in Australia: years of drought, extreme heat wave, crazies starting fires, etc. I don't understand how so many people are dying, though. Are people just not evacuating when told? We have bad fires just about every year in the American West, and it's rare for more than a handful of people to be killed.