Background: 2009 Australian bushfires

Senior Wildlife Officer Geoff McClure looks over the destruction in the main street of Marysville, some 100 kilometres northeast of Melbourne on February 9, 2009 after raging Australian wildfires left at least 131 people dead amid a landscape of charred homes, bodies and devastated communities. The wildfires have become the deadliest in Australia's history, destroying entire towns and wiping out families and amid the heartache there was also anger as police revealed they suspected some of the fires were started by arsonists, whom Prime Minister Kevin Rudd accused of 'mass murder.' AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

    Just Watched

    Background: 2009 Australian bushfires

From 2009: With a long history of covering bushfires, John Vause offers some insight into Australia's latest wildfires.