Australia's bushfire crisis has killed 27 people and destroyed more than 2100 homes.
* 50 fires break out across Queensland.
* Bushfires start in Blue Mountains, NSW.
* Federal government activates disaster recovery payments.
* Fires ignite in Northern Territory and Western Australia.
* Police confirm first bushfire deaths; elderly NSW couple Bob Lindsey and Gwen Hyre.
* Fires break out in Tasmania and South Australia.
* 370,000 hectares scorched in NSW - more than entire area burnt the previous season.
* Every state is alight after 60 fires break out in Victoria.
* Labor calls for urgent meeting of federal, state and territory leaders.
* Death toll rises to seven after man helping fight Victorian fires dies in car crash.
* Smoke reaches New Zealand.
* US sends firefighters to Australia, joining Canadian and New Zealand counterparts.
* Fires break out on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison commits $11 million to water bombers.
* Morrison leaves for a family holiday in Hawaii.
* Volunteer NSW firefighters Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O'Dwyer die in truck rollover.
* Mr Morrison returns from holiday.
* Labor demands compensation for volunteer firefighters.
* Government gives public service volunteer firefighters an extra four weeks paid leave.
* Government commits up to $6000 for volunteer firefighters.
* Volunteer Sam McPaul dies after a "fire tornado" flips his truck on NSW-Victoria border.
* About 4000 people are trapped at Mallacoota on Victoria's east coast and two navy ships are sent to their rescue.
* People flee to beaches on NSW south coast as smoke blocks daylight and skies turn red.
* Sydney's New Years fireworks go ahead despite protests.
* Visitors on NSW south coast urged to leave as Mallacoota evacuations begin.
* Death toll reaches 18 and nearly six million hectares have burnt.
* Morrison heckled in fire-ravaged NSW town of Cobargo for being too slow to act.
* Government makes unprecedented call to deploy 3000 Army reservists.
* Morrison releases political advertisement spruiking response.
* Smoke forces Canberra government offices, child care centres and museums to shut.
* Government commits $2 billion to national bushfire recovery fund.
* Insurance claims surpass $700 million.
Australian Associated Press