The Inquisitr reports this morning:

As Victoria woke this morning, the bushfire news continued to get worse ... Social media and the internet, perhaps for the first time in a large way in Australia, played a big role in how the latest news from the front was spread, comparable perhaps only to radio. Broadcast television here completely failed yesterday, with stations really only picking up the news last night once they realized how bad it was, and while some newspapers online have kept relatively up-to-date, there has usually be a delay between the news breaking, and it being posted.

ABC Radio has been at the forefront of the breaking news, and radio will probably retain the number one position in these kinds of emergency situations, as receiving it doesn't require electricity or a phone line. But for those following from out-of-state and online, social media tools have really come into their own for up-to-date, user-generated and relayed news during the bushfires -- much as it did during last year's fires in Los Angeles.