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« on: February 09, 2009, 11:18:48 AM »

As a native Californian who has had to deal with fires my heart goes out to anyone affected by the fires, especially after I read this from NPR.org:

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Police suggested some of the fires were deliberately lit and declared one devastated town a crime scene.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told local television that "there are no words to describe it other than mass murder."

The country's top law officer, Attorney General Robert McClelland, said that people found to have deliberately set fires could face murder charges.



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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 05:13:19 AM »

Last Saturday, 7th Feb was the hottest day Melbourne has ever recorded at 46.4C (115F). I live 50 miles away and our max was 45.5Celsius (114F) with howling hot winds. The extent of the various fires & devastation is just unbelievable. Some of these places are relatively close to Melbourne, and virtually all are the very best motorcycling country. The death toll stands at 181 currently some some whole small towns are closed off as crime scenes. Many people have lost all of their possessions other than the clothes that they are wearing.

Info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Victorian_bushfires

Updates here http://www.theage.com.au/

In the past Aussie fire fighters have actually been supported by firefighters who have flown here from the USA and we rent some of the firefighting helicopters from the US as it is your winter.

Although we only have a population of 20 million and times are tough financially for many, $30 million has been donated to assist people in just 2 days.

Update: one week on now, and the donations by Aussies now stands at $100 million.

Our fire season is far from over, but we are hoping & praying that things get no worse.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 02:05:53 PM »

I was very sorry to hear about the fires and loss of life. My thoughts are with our Australian ST.Ners.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 09:37:04 AM »


I was very sorry to hear about the fires and loss of life. My thoughts are with our Australian ST.Ners.


Me too. My wife and I cried when we watched the films from Australia.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 03:21:28 AM »

Now they are underwater. What a year for the Ozzies. Sad
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 07:08:58 AM »

Yep we have it all. However, the floods are in northern Australia and the bushfires were down south.

Just over a month since the fires and some towns are still no go zones as the forensic search for bodies continues.

Bushfire appeal donations now around $236 million.

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