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Vanir
Thursday, December 21st, 2006, 11:40 AM
A large part of my home state of Victoria is currently on fire. Possibly the worst, and most extensive, bushfire ever here. And we've had more than a few.

Fire has even started in the forest next to my house several times, though the local Fire Fighting volunteers have reacted swiftly and put them out before they caused any damage. The local scum (Similar to the "Chavs" in the British Isles) from the caravan-park government housing commission are the suspected culprits in these incidents though.

The Australian Bush has evolved to need periodic bushfires, but this situation is an order of magnitude beyond anything the enviroment here has adapted to cope with over the ages

http://outbackdobbs.wordpress.com/files/2006/12/bushfire3.jpg
What Melbourne looks like, and it is worse near my area, far to the south-east. You can barely see for the smoke this evening.


Newspaper report from 11days ago, and it has only gotten worse since then.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20896931-601,00.html

It has been the waiting time throughout Victoria. As several thousand firefighters battled blazes in the state’s high country yesterday, it was with the knowledge that the weekend might bring a monster blaze to compare with Black Friday in 1939.

Much of Victoria’s east and northeast was blanketed by smoke last night, with fears that blazes spreading across state forests and the Alpine National Park could merge into a roaring 100km firefront tearing across up to one-fifth of the tinder-dry state.

John Howard described the situation yesterday as “very scary”, and said Victoria would get all the commonwealth assistance it needed.

“It’s very, very scary stuff and the terrible combination of circumstances - high temperature, low humidity, all of those things - are very bad indeed,” the Prime Minister told Southern Cross radio.

Victorian Premier Steve Bracks compared the threatening blaze to the state’s worst bushfire disaster, saying: “This is going to be probably one of the worst fire periods we have seen in Victoria in the history of this state.

“Probably the only comparable time would go back to 1939, Black Friday, where we saw a similar fire activity go through the alpine area and go through to the coast as well.”

The bushfires of 1939 burnt out more than 2 million hectares, destroyed entire towns and killed 71 people.

With firefighting experience totalling more than 80 years, John Mitchell and Bob Pearce have fought blazes up and down the east coast, seen lives lost and millions of hectares razed, but both say the fires raging through Victoria’s alpine country are the worst they’ve seen.

Climate gone crazy :(