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  • Lucky homeowner reveals heroic effort of neighbour that fought off devastating bushfires...

    01/06/2015 4:43:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 7th January 2015 | Heather McNab
    An Adelaide man has told of the incredible heroism of his neighbours who worked together to stop the raging bushfire that came within two metres of destroying his family home. ..... While Simon was waiting to hear whether his house was safe, Barry was working to save not only his own house, but those around him. ..... Simon called Gary and asked him to race up to his house and convince Barry to leave, as he was starting to worry that his friends were putting their lives at risk for his property. ..... The fire had come within two metres...
  • Should the Prime Minister risk his life fighting fires? (Australia)

    10/18/2013 3:21:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 18th October 2013 | Laurie Oakes
    TONY Abbott did today what any responsible, caring prime minister would do, visiting one of the communities devastated by bushfires raging out of control across NSW. But, as he inspected damage and sought to give comfort to those affected, one of the emotions Abbott no doubt felt was frustration. He would have had a strong urge to take off his prime ministerial hat, don his firefighter's helmet and join the thousands of yellow-clad volunteers battling the flames. Abbott has been a highly skilled member of the NSW Rural Fire Service for 13 years. He is a specialist breathing apparatus operator,...
  • Bushfire arson accused teens granted bail

    02/02/2010 4:15:27 AM PST · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 349+ views
    Two boys charged with lighting one of the fatal Black Saturday bushfires have been released on bail. Almost a year after the devastating fires, a 14-year-old boy was arrested by appointment in Melbourne today, while his 15-year-old co-accused was arrested in central Victoria. The youths were each charged with arson causing death, deliberately lighting a bushfire, lighting a fire on a total fire ban day and lighting a fire in a country area during extreme weather conditions. They were also charged with 135 counts each of criminal damage by fire and multiple counts of using telecommunications services to menace and...
  • Prince William shocked at Australia bushfire impact

    01/21/2010 12:08:48 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 7 replies · 490+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 January 2010 | BBC
    Prince William has described his shock at seeing first hand the devastation caused by bushfires in Australia. As part of a three-day tour of the country, he met people affected by the fires outside Melbourne and said the power of the flames was "terrifying". One of those he met, Gabrielle Denky, said: "He was devastated and saddened when we told him what happened to us." Fires in south-eastern Australia last February killed hundreds of people and razed entire towns. Rebuilding William was driven through mile after mile of blackened trees, stopping off at a relief centre in the town of...
  • Fire season may start earlier, last longer

    07/29/2009 7:00:52 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 405+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (article from AAP) ^ | July 29, 2009 | Jeff Turnbull and Catherine Best
    THE upcoming fire season could start earlier and last longer, a top Victorian fire chief has warned. Identified risk areas include the Otway Ranges, the Dandenong Ranges, the Brisbane Ranges and the Macedon Ranges. Victoria's Department of Sustainability and Environment chief officer Ewan Waller said firefighters would start burning off as soon as possible. "The fire season may well start earlier, go longer, with lightning in between," Mr Waller said. "We will have extra support from the government for spring burnoffs state-wide and there will be smoke in the air as soon as we can start bringing in people." He...
  • Inaction increases megafire risk: MP

    05/17/2009 4:03:44 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies · 213+ views
    The Australian ^ | 15th May 2009 | Rick Wallace
    THE Brumby Government revealed in its recent budget that the Black Saturday bushfires would cost more than $1 billion. Yet, according to Craig Ingram, the independent member for East Gippsland, one of the state's most fire-prone electorates, it has failed to embrace the cheaper and more effective route of increasing off-season burns. Although the budget included new equipment for firefighters, and $52million for fuel-reduction burning, it did not provide extra staff to assist in the off-season burns. The Government has a target to burn 130,000ha of forest in the off-season and as, John Brumby is fond of saying, it exceeded...
  • State braces for the worst tomorrow

    03/01/2009 2:31:51 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 764+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2nd March 2009 | Anthony Dowsley and Geraldine Mitchell
    WIND up to 150km/h threatens to turn Victoria into an inferno just weeks after the state's worst bushfire disaster. Gale-force wind is forecast to howl from tonight with the mercury tipped to hit the high-30s tomorrow. "It's going to be a terrible, terrible day," Premier John Brumby said. "It'll probably be the second-worst day we've had. "I can't put it any more bluntly than that." Emergency services fear the northerly wind could send bushfires roaring towards towns that narrowly missed the devastation of February 7. A strong southwesterly wind change late in the day is expected to blow for 24...
  • 5 fires still burn as heat looms (Australian fires)

    02/18/2009 6:42:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 262+ views
    Bigpond News ^ | 19th February 2009
    Victorian firefighters are continuing their battle to contain a large blaze in inaccessible country in the Wilsons Promontory National Park. It is one of five blazes that firefighters are still trying to get on top of ahead of warmer and windy conditions forecast for Monday. Department of Sustainability and Environment spokesman Stuart Ord said the Wilsons Promontory fire was continuing to be a challenge for firefighters. The fire, which has burnt more than 12,000ha, is not threatening any private property, but Yanakie residents have been warned to expect smoke. 'Because of the rough terrain we can't get our firefighters to...
  • Accused Bushfire Arsonist to Face Court

    02/15/2009 1:06:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 713+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/15/09
    The first person to be charged over Victoria's deadly bushfires will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court today. The man, who cannot be identified, is accused of lighting the Churchill-Jeeralang fire which killed 21 people in Gippsland, in Victoria's east. The fire started in plantation near Churchill and quickly spread to nearby communities. The man was arrested last week and charged with arson causing death, intentionally lighting a bushfire, and possessing child pornography. The man did not attend a brief court hearing in Morwell on Friday, but his lawyer told the court the man was in a fragile mental state. The...
  • US raises $76,000 for Victoria fires victims

    02/14/2009 8:20:15 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 325+ views ^ | 15th February 2009 | Peter Mitchell
    AUSTRALIAN and Americans have come together in Los Angeles and New York to raise more than $76,587 for victims of the Victoria fires. Organisers in both cities were astounded by the turnout. The Los Angeles event was held at Sunset Boulevard bar The Blue Goose Lounge while several thousand New Yorkers packed Manhattan bar and restaurant, The Australian, throughout the day. "It was shoulder to shoulder throughout the entire day and night," Australian Consul General in New York, John Olsen said. "On a holiday weekend in New York to have that sort of response and turnout was tremendous." Olsen estimated...
  • Bushfire victims could sue power company

    02/14/2009 2:39:12 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 332+ views ^ | 15th February 2009
    TWO NSW firefighters have been injured while battling bushfires in Victoria's Gippsland region, while fire victims launch legal action against the State Government and a power company. A spokeswoman for the Country Fire Authority (CPA) said the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) men suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries when a tree fell on them while fighting fires in Coopers Creek late on Saturday night. The type of injuries are unknown. Sixty specialist firefighters from the United States will arrive in Melbourne this morning, adding to the 520 interstate firefighters and 120 specialist New Zealand firefighters already in Victoria. Twelve...
  • Jihadists revel in our misery

    02/14/2009 2:02:35 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 492+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 15th February 2009 | Eleni Hale
    JIHADISTS are celebrating the worst tragedy in Victoria's history. Terror watchdogs said fundamentalists had blogged on websites across the globe, applauding the lives lost and destruction. Senior analyst at SITE Intelligence Group Adam Raisman said they were posting pictures of burnt homes and devastated victims and "taking joy in the scenes". One jihadist wrote: "It would be an act of revenge for Australian's participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq." Bushfires victims said they were stunned.
  • US sends 60 firemen to battle Victoria fires

    02/13/2009 4:54:15 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 380+ views
    ninemsn ^ | 14th February 2009
    The United States will send 60 experienced firefighters to Australia to help battle the remaining Victorian blazes, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. The US Department of Interior will dispatch 29 firefighters and the US Forest Service is deploying 31 in response to an official Victorian request for assistance, Salazar said. Twenty one bushfires are still burning across Victoria, after swarms of devastating infernos killed at least 181 people and destroyed nearly 2,000 homes. "Australia is experiencing an unprecedented wildfire season due to record high temperatures, drought, high wind and low humidity," Salazar said in a statement. "We are dispatching this...
  • How the battle with Victoria's bushfires was fought and lost

    02/13/2009 1:47:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 484+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 14th February 2009 | Cameron Stewart and Corrie Perkin
    BRUCE Esplin woke at 6am last Saturday with a gnawing feeling in his gut. Victoria's Emergency Services Commissioner knew the odds were not good for the 3582 firefighters and emergency workers who had been placed like toy soldiers across the breadth of his state. "We were about to face weather beyond our experience, and I just had this feeling of dread," Esplin says. Across town, Ewan Waller, the Government's chief fire officer, was also on edge. By 7.30am he was already sitting in the Integrated Emergency Co-ordination Centre in central Melbourne, otherwise known as the "war room", where he would...
  • US sending firefighters to Victoria

    02/13/2009 4:19:00 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 282+ views ^ | 14th February 2009
    THE US will send 60 experienced firefighters to Australia to help battle the remaining Victorian blazes, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today. The US Department of Interior will dispatch 29 firefighters and the US Forest Service is deploying 31 in response to an official Victorian request for assistance, Mr Salazar said. Twenty one bushfires are still burning across Victoria, after swarms of devastating infernos killed at least 181 people and destroyed nearly 2000 homes.
  • Bushfires release huge carbon load (Envirowhack alert!)

    02/13/2009 12:11:15 AM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 22 replies · 743+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 13, 2009 | Asa Wahlquist
    VICTORIA'S bushfires have released a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - almost equal to Australia's industrial emission for an entire year. Mark Adams, from the University of Sydney, said the emissions from bushfires were far beyond what could be contained through carbon capture and needed to be addressed in the next international agreement. "Once you are starting to burn millions of hectares of eucalypt forest, then you are putting into the atmosphere very large amounts of carbon," Professor Adams said. In work for the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre, he estimated the 2003 and 2006-07 bushfires could have...
  • Man charged over deadly Churchill fire (Australian bushfires)

    02/12/2009 10:09:55 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 822+ views ^ | February 13th, 2009
    A man accused of lighting the Churchill-Jeerelang bushfire in Gippsland, in Victoria's east has been remanded in custody. The fire started in plantation near Churchill on Saturday and quickly spread to nearby communities. Twenty-one people are confirmed to have died in that fire. The man was arrested this morning and taken to the Morwell police station where he was questioned for several hours. He has been charged with one count of arson causing death, one count of intentionally lighting a bushfire and one count of possessing child pornography. The man did not appear in court.
  • Fires destroyed 1831 homes

    02/12/2009 5:24:23 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 333+ views ^ | 13th February 2009
    THE number of homes destroyed in Victoria's bushfires has jumped to 1831, in what poses a significant challenge for the state, Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin says. Data released today showed a massive rise in the number of homes lost - up from 1069 reported yesterday.
  • Victoria fires: Man arrested over fire which killed 21

    02/12/2009 6:12:30 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies · 840+ views ^ | 13th February 2009
    A MAN has been arrested in relation to a blaze in Gippsland which killed at least 21 people in the Victoria fires. He is currently being questioned by police. No charges have yet been laid, the Herald Sun reported. No other details were immediately available. Meanwhile residents of two towns in the Victoria fires zone are coming under ember attack from fires burning towards them. The ember attack on the Healesville-Kinglake Road cut off Toolangi from its neighbour Healesville as the massive Maroondah Yarra Complex fire, which is out of control and has already burnt through 35,300ha, moved closer. Country...
  • Worst fire threat in history (prayers needed, please)

    02/06/2009 2:36:21 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies · 458+ views
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 7th February 2009 | Peter Rolfe
    VICTORIANS have been put on alert as bush fires rage on a day tipped to have the worst fire conditions in Victoria's history. More than 100 firefighters are battling a blaze in the Bunyip State Park near Pakenham in Melbourne's east. Several communities are under threat from the fire including Labertouche, Jindivick West and Tonimbuk. CFA spokesman Dan Connell said several other towns are likely to be affected during the day. At 7.30am more than 150ha had burned. The fire burst through containment lines about 3am. Temperatures are expected to soar to up to 46 degrees in some regional centres...