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    Worst Bushfires on Record

    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


    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...31-601,00.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.
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    Wildfires 2019/2020 in Australia

    Another report on current bushfires in Australia :
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-australia-50357103

    Unlikely the situation will ease there during the upcomming summer month there on the southern hemisphere .

    As the fire emergency continued into its second day on Saturday, officials confirmed that more than 150 homes in New South Wales had burned down.

    ....

    "The forecast for the balance of the season continues to be driven by above-normal temperatures (and) below-average rainfall to dominate over the coming months," he told Reuters news agency.
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    Bushfire applies to Australia mainly .

    Wikipedia has a page about bushfires :
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushfires_in_Australia

    Elsewhere it is called wildfire .

    The list there is pretty large , so difficult to estimate the future , when bushfires are considered "normal" natural occurence there Down Under in my opinion .
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    Looks pretty scary. Thousands told to evacuate. Plus approximately 1/3 of Australia's koala population might have burned/lost.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...re-threat-zone

    Of course these have nothing to do with climate change or global warming (as those are ''fake news'').

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    It's really bad atm. I've had family evacuated, but luckily all safe.

    The poor wildlife are really coping it, especially the koalas. I haven't even seen the video of the burnt koala crying, but I've seen multiple people tear up talking about it.
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    Allegedly bushfires are normal in Australia however the latest have been quite terrible due to droughts and heat waves. They top the list for most area burned. I've seen a video of a woman taking the shirt off her back to save a burning koala. However, the koala had to be put down later due to extensive burns. I've also read the account of firemen who were brought to tears by the charred corpse of another koala, curled up in a ball on the ground. I can only imagine how devastating it must be for those caught in the path of those bushfires... people and wildlife.



    Global warming or not, they can be real catastrophes. Not to mention that bushfires can seriously impact the environment themselves, not even talking about the material damages... It's thought that bushfires may be consequence of early human (Indigenous) practices such as fire-stick farming. Interestingly enough, certain native flora in Australia have evolved to rely on bushfires as a means of reproduction. Some animals as well have developed survival strategies including the complete avoidance of fires, burrowing into the soil to escape the heat, or active use of the fire and burnt areas for feeding, or as cues for breeding (e.g. some birds). Unfortunately the koalas have suffered the most since their habitat, the eucalyptus forest is extremely fire-friendly (eucalypts contain flammable oils in the leaves).

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    Jeff Bezos Slammed for 'Tiny' $690,000 Donation to Australian Fire Relief ...


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    Indonesia Forrest Fires

    Indonesia as part of a former Dutch colony might be interesting
    to watch for wild fires , too.
    Indonesia is bordering Australia to the north of the continent.
    In Indonesia it is the Orang-Utan making the headlines .

    But rain is falling there :
    As the New Year rang in, torrential rains swept across Jakarta, Indonesia, bringing the capital’s worst rainfall in more than a decade.

    https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146113/torrential-rains-flood-indonesia

    Wikipedia picture of year 1997 forrestfires on Indonesia :
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997...n_forest_fires
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    Arrow Australian Bushfires 5.Dec-5.Jan overlay picture



    Sattelite pictures of Australia put upon each other
    to create a overlay for one month .

    from Austrian website ZackZack : https://zackzack.at/2020/01/07/austr...hmen-in-sicht/

    German website australien-info.de with a page about bushfires :
    https://www.australien-info.de/buschbraende.html
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