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.
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??
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.