Skip to comments.Day fire fell from the sky - 96 killed in Australian inferno
Posted on 02/08/2009 5:05:06 PM PST by JoeProBono
Marysville is the town that disappeared. Once known as Melbourne's honeymooning centre, with its pretty guesthouses and century-old oaks, the town, about 60 miles from the Victoria state capital, is now a smouldering, post-apocalyptic wasteland.From the air, nearby St Fillans resembles a row of campfires - piles of powdery ashes with the embers trampled out. The landscape is deserted, with caravans, boats and burned-out cars abandoned in the middle of roads. Many appear to have been trapped by flying debris - huge sections of what were once walls which have blocked the road. A house under construction is untouched by fire, but the savage winds have scattered its beams, like a child's game of pick-up sticks amid the scorched earth and blankets of smoke.
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You wouldn’t have a link, would ya?
www.couriermail.com.au that it's at 108 ... go read the pages ....
I’ve been reading horror stories about this. I had to stop, it’s too damn sad.
Not putting in links must be the new sport.
Or is there a glitch in the system?
Writers: Jewel Topsfield and Daniella Miletic
Date on story: Monday 9 February 2009
I was reading about this catastrophe yesterday, really bad stuff.
I recall a Discovery channel (or something) show about this type of disaster. They talked about “super firestorms” and how they are pretty much impossible to defend against once they get so big. Of course on the show it had all of some huge city (Sydney, Melbourne??) being destroyed.
Yeah, but wow! You think you try the best to prepare you and your family for things, and then something really big happens like this.
Just heartbreaking. Prayers for those lost and those who have lost.
This is tragic. They suspect arson. Lots of arson. So I hope that the fire detectives down under will be blessed with sufficient clues to nail the SOBs who started this. These fires are hard to control because they are so hot that they create their own weather. Nasty stuff.
We have eucalyptus trees here in Southern California. Some places they have taken them out and replaced them with less oily trees. Those babies go up like torches in a wildfire. I bet Australia has plenty of them — aren’t they native there??
We get those firestorms, too, when there’s a forest fire here in So Cal. They do create their own weather, winds. The flames/ embers leap across freeways in the winds. Very scary. And they suspect arson in this? Isn’t that terrible?
If anyone comes up with a google earth space shot I’d love to have the link. Thx.
Yep, they are - most Australian trees are eucalypts. You obviously know what they can do in California - imagine forest where there’s nothing but eucalypts ablaze.
Start with the mosques and look for anyone that got burned.
Australia is on the other side of the International Dateline. It has been Monday in Australia for some time.
Some big yuckarooyas down there!
It is a follow up to the mods. The story was posted without a link. I sent that to the mods via abuse report, and then added this if they wanted to add the authors and date also missing from the original post.
I have a friend who lived in Australia at one time and he said that the eucalyptus trees are horrible for fires because the oil is so volatile.
What happens is that the tree burns and when the oil ignites, it turns into a fireball that shoots up into the sky and then lands somewhere else and starts another fire.
The problem is that there’s no way of knowing where the fireball is going to land and if it lands on another eucalyptus tree, it just keeps going like that.
When there were fires, the people just vacated their houses and headed for the coast until it was over.
Ahhhhh. The State flower.
There are lots of Muslim troublemakers in Down Under.
Sounds like arson jihad, IMHO.
They did the same to Greece a few years ago.
Jihadis threaten to burn down the American northwest.
(Is there a link to a turban silhouette target?)
The Oakland fire was like this. However, the terrain and tiny streets is what really made it bad. Standard urban fire tactics and radio systems were of little use as well.
In AU, hard to fathom how fire can move that fast and hot in open country, but I have heard that it does.
I hope its not true, but terrorism is a very real possibility:
Islam group urges forest fire jihad
September 7, 2008
AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for forest jihad by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to start forest fires, claiming scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels forests when they do the same to our lands.
Bushfire toll reaches 131:
“...The towns of Kinglake and Marysville have been wiped out as if they had been bombed, and authorities are treating the disaster like a terrorist attack, with more than 330,000 hectares of land affected.
Almost half of Victoria may be declared a crime scene, with arsonists believed responsible for several of the fires. Police said an offender implicated in the fatal fires could be charged with the offence of arson causing death, a crime with a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail...”
"They burned in this life, and will burn in the next. النَّارُ وَعَدَهَا اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ۖ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ
"I got an email asking for blood donations, entitled 'Australia's worst bushfire disaster: Victoria 09 - what can we do?' (kind of reminded me of another email - 'Gaza Massacre - what can you do?', but the latter deserved attention, and the former deserved the trash can). There's no way my blood is going to run in the veins of some kaafir, nor will I be going out of my way to show any sympathy, pity or offering help. These people are muharibeen, and under the threat of Allah'a 'adhab.
"So my attitude is ha ha serve you right, but may Allah spare the Muslim Ummah of a similar affliction." "My husband read other news and told me of something phenomenal , the bushfire which they calculated happened and was heading at an expected direction. Families of firefighters and those involved were told to stay at a certain area which they through their technology predicted very safe. The course of the bushfire changed violently and like a sea of fire rushed through and was coming so fast those families didnt have time to escape. It came so fast it burnt the trunks of trees and the leaves on top were still green. It was as if it was a deliberate act of God. For a nation which seem indifferent about the mass murder of other people around the world, it would seem that one ofa small scale has boomeranged home."
“...The statement, in Arabic, said that summer has begun so do not forget the Forest Jihad.
The writer called on all Muslims in the United States, Europe, Russia and Australia to start forest fires.
The posting quoted imprisoned Al Qaida terrorist Abu Musab Al-Suri, as saying Jihad is an art just like poetry, music, and the fine arts. There are people that draw and there are others that are jihadists. They both act upon inspiration....”
For all the sneering that the French have gotten on FR, there will be a race between Australia and them to see which has the first and the bigger backlash. Remember, they have a history of finally getting a bellyful and reacting extremely.
Too bad about England. I think it's a lost cause--or at least a follower.
Thank you for that link.
This is the first time I’ve read stuff like that.
Ah, yes. We have a small bit of that problem here in So Cal. The eucalyptus trees are so beautiful but deadly in a fire. Some areas have taken them out altogether.
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The primary suspect
Yikes. I forgot about the eucalyptus trees. They are oily boogers. I just heard that the fire detectives have three good leads. Also, I agree with the earlier post, that Australia is plagued with radical muslims and what a way to spead chaos and destruction and punish the Australians for their work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Religion of Peace. My days of tolerance are quite finished.
Your post that the fires are jihad makes good sense. Destruction, murder, chaos and punishment for Australia’s work in Iraq. Other than jihadwatch, there are probably more sites or links to targets/information. Islam is leaking through our borders just as fast as the illegal Mexicans and illegal Chinese. A couple of months ago, I read about AK47s streaming discharge while dancing in the streets in Phoenix, AZ. Of course with their stupid Dyke Governor now in DC, perhaps Arizona can take their muslim problem more serious.
The jihadis themselves call it “forest jihad”.
Sounds like pure envy IMHO by morally primitive sand people against those who dwell in temperate zones and worship the true G-d.
They’re in our midst and it’s time to make them feel very unwelcome. The Aussies have begun to react in this fashion and the deadly fires are revenge by the jihadi thug bloody savages!