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.
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.
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.