The most destructive fire season for more than 60 years has hit Australia, with more than 550 people displaced and more than 220 homes destroyed.

The bushfires in Adelaide are the biggest disaster so far this season, with more than 16,000 hectares burnt so far.

The primary fires in Adelaide were originally sparked by lightning, but made their way into the city, eventually razing more than 100 houses.

For this interactive map, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority listed fires burned across the state and in the districts at risk. Maps for every area included drought conditions, the name of any bridge closed, and a brief description of what the fire was for. For instance, fires can be described as:

not as a result of an inferno, but as a result of someone cooking something

flammable vegetation

dry grass; often smouldering for years

tree stumps that have been charred or sharpened, and will explode

Soil fuels like grass and branches that have died have given way

Conflicting fuel loads created this byproducts

A fire that was out-of-control at some point that did not cause any damage, or kept running longer than the total footprint

The service estimated one in 10 fires over the past year burned more than 100 hectares.

Tobias Werner. Photograph: Tobias Werner

Fire maps go back to the 1950s, but not the extent of the current situation. While data on the scale of the fires is not available, using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s tool, an interactive map of all fires created in one year, created in 2002, indicates there has not been a worse year for Australia.