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  • CSIRO debuts bushfire prediction tool

    05/05/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies ^ | May 5, 2015 11:50 AM (AUS) | Brendon Foye
    Spark aimed at saving lives. Australia's peak science and research organisation today released a homegrown software tool to help emergency services predict the severity and spread of destructive bushfires. The CSIRO's Spark tool gathers geospatial data on topography, vegetation, humidity and wind patterns from Landsat satellites, and combines it with data provided by fire authorities to give an accurate prediction of fire behaviour. The organisation expects Spark will not only help emergency services save lives, but also reduce the financial burden of bushfires. Spark should also allow emergency services to better manage infrastructure planning, fire fighting resource allocation and deployment,...
  • It's over: Victorian fires contained

    03/14/2009 4:49:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 261+ views ^ | 14th March 2009
    All of Victoria's bushfires have now been contained. Emergency services said the Wilsons Promontory Cathedral fire was finally contained at 10am (AEDT) today, ending the last major bushfire that had been threatening Victoria since Black Saturday. Australia's worst natural disaster has claimed the lives of 210 Victorians, more than 2000 homes and burnt 421,670 hectares of public and private land since starting on February 7. Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) state duty officer Dennis Ward acknowledged the combined firefighting effort of the DSE and Country Fire Authority (CFA) in containing the Wilsons Promontory bushfire. A lightning strike sparked the...
  • Snow falls in Victoria just days after extreme bushfire alert

    03/04/2009 8:05:58 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies · 538+ views ^ | 5th March 2009
    VICTORIA'S alpine region has recorded snowfall in the early hours of today, just days after the state was on extreme fire alert. Victorian Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Michael Halfpenny said with temperatures reaching a low of minus two degrees at Mount Hotham this morning, slight snowfall would have been seen. "There would have been a few flecks this morning with a few possible showers, but it was not likely to settle," he said. Mt Hotham recorded 1.2 mm of snow with temperatures below zero degrees from about 2am to 10.30am, Mr Halfpenny said. Mount Hotham Skiing Company senior marketing...
  • Black Saturday bushfire crisis over

    03/03/2009 8:19:26 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 333+ views ^ | 4th March 2009
    AFTER the loss of more than 200 lives and almost a month of fear and grief, the Black Saturday bushfires have at last been tamed and the dark crisis is over. But it has taken nature to overcome the overwhelming. Cooler weather offers enormous relief for communities and firefighters. While four major fires remain burning, the forecasts for the next few weeks allowed firefighters breathing room, Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin said today. "We see a very bright light at the end of the tunnel now, we see that this weather is over," he said. "The pressure has been in...
  • Fire crews preparing for hot, dry and windy Friday (prayers please)

    02/25/2009 9:52:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 294+ views ^ | 26th February 2009 | John Masanauskas
    MORE than 200 schools and 146 child centres will close tomorrow as Victoria prepares for a scorcher tomorrow. Schools and kindergartens in high risk fire areas including the Otways, Grampians, Mallee, Gippsland and Yarra Valley will close amid concerns for student safety. One hundred and ninety government schools, 178 kindergatens and child care centres, 16 Catholic schools and at least 17 non-catholic private schools will close tomorrow as the bushfire risk increases. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development cited travel safety concerns, possible water contamination and the threat of continuing or new fires as reasons for the closures....
  • Victoria fires: Day of mourning today, victims to be remembered with permanent shrine

    02/21/2009 3:07:28 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 196+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun | 22nd February 2009
    A PERMANENT shrine will be built to commemorate the victims and heroes of the Black Saturday bushfires. As the nation pauses today to pay its respects to those who died in the Victoria fires, the Brumby and Rudd governments will announce a $2.5 million fund for memorials to pay tribute to those who perished. The cash will include grants of up to $200,000 for fire-ravaged communities to build memorials, monuments or plaques in their towns, the Sunday Herald Sun reports. The governments also plan to build a major fire victims' shrine of remembrance, either off St Kilda Rd, in Fitzroy...
  • 'Greenies' blamed for Australian fires

    02/18/2009 6:28:59 AM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies · 619+ views ^ | Feb. 17, 2009 | Pete Chagnon
    The editor for the Australian Conservative says the tragic brush fires in Australia can be partly blamed on the environmentalists or "greenies." One of the worst brush fires in decades has ravished parts of Victoria, Australia. Authorities say more than 1,800 homes have been destroyed as well as over 150 lives lost and over 1,000 square miles of land scorched. Authorities have even designated some destroyed towns as crime scenes and suspect that arsonists have started some of the fires. (See related video) Australian Conservative editor John Styles says the Green Party is blaming the fires on so-called manmade global...
  • Australian wildfire suspect named

    02/16/2009 5:02:28 AM PST · by bergmeid · 14 replies · 1,202+ views
    AP ^ | updated Feb 15, 2009 | AP
    MELBOURNE, Australia - A court lifted the ban Monday on identifying the only arson suspect so far in Australia's recent deadly wildfires, and authorities urged people not to target him in their rage over the disaster's more than 180 deaths.
  • Firefighters outraged at sentence for pregnant Moe firebug

    02/15/2009 8:12:24 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 786+ views ^ | 16th February 2009 | Jane Metlikovec
    GIPPSLAND firefighters are outraged at the jail sentence handed down to a pregnant arsonist in Morwell Magistrates' Court this morning. Rosemary Ann Harris, 31, of Moe, was refused bail this afternoon after she was sentenced to three years with a minimum of two-and-a-half behind bars for lighting two fires at Tyers, near Traralgon, and Driffield, near Morwell on a total fire ban day in December 2006. "In the circumstances the application for bail is refused," Magistrate John Dugdale said, explaining the refusal was based on "the nature of the offending and the prevailing bushfire situation in Victoria". The bail hearing...
  • Police urge public not to threaten Churchill arson accused

    02/15/2009 4:03:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies · 682+ views ^ | 16th February 2009
    THE public has been urged not to threaten the safety of an accused firebug scheduled to appear in court today on a deadly arson charge. A 39-year-old man accused of starting the Churchill-Jeerelang bushfire in Gippsland, in Victoria's east, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court today. "Coming to court and protesting is not an appropriate thing to do,'' Police Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said today. "Obviously, we will make sure this person is well protected. "We hope that we don't have to deal with a gang of people who are angry and concerned...
  • Victoria fires: Brendan Sokaluk, Gippsland arson accused, fails to appear in court

    02/15/2009 4:45:16 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies · 2,487+ views ^ | 16th February 2009
    THE man accused of starting one of the deadly Victoria fires, which killed at least 21 people in Gippsland on Black Saturday, has failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing in Melbourne. The hearing was held without 39-year-old Brendan Sokaluk. He was remanded in custody until a committal hearing, which will be held on May 25. The man, who faces charges including arson causing death and possession of child pornography, can now be named after a court order banning publication of his name was lifted. However the order remains barring publication of his address or a photo of him....
  • 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...
  • Report: Man charged with arson in Australia fire

    02/12/2009 10:38:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,231+ views
    AP ^ | 2/13/09
    A media report says a suspect has been charged with lighting one of the wildfires that killed more than 180 people in Australia last weekend. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that the man was charged in court on three counts: arson causing death, lighting a wildfire and with possession of child pornography. The report cites no sources.
  • 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...
  • Raw Video: Sam the Koala Gets a Drink After Fire (Australia - adorable and heart wrenching)

    02/11/2009 3:29:41 PM PST · by RDTF · 13 replies · 992+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Feb 11, 2009
    A firefighter finds a koala moving gingerly on her scorched paws after wildfires sweep Australia. "Sam" accepted a bottle of water and is now recovering at a wildlife shelter.
  • Pictured: The Badly Burned Koalas Who Became Best Friends

    02/11/2009 3:10:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,294+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | February 11, 2009
    Pictured: The badly burned koalas who became best friends after surviving Australia's deadliest bushfires By Mail Foreign Service 11th February 2009 A love story between two badly burned koalas rescued from Australia's deadliest bushfires has provided some heart-warming relief after days of devastation and the loss of over 180 lives. The story of Sam and her new boyfriend Bob emerged after volunteer firefighter Dave Tree used a mobile phone to film the rescue of the bewildered female. She was found cowering in a burned out forest at Mirboo North, 90 miles southeast of Melbourne.
  • Millions of animals dead in Australia fires

    02/11/2009 10:16:50 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 957+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 11, 2009 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY (AP) - Kangaroo corpses lay scattered by the roadsides while wombats that survived the wildfire's onslaught emerged from their underground burrows to find blackened earth and nothing to eat. Wildlife rescue officials on Wednesday worked frantically to help the animals that made it through Australia's worst-ever wildfires but they said millions of animals likely perished in the inferno.
  • Burnoffs following Victoria bushfires a 'threat to biodiversity'

    02/11/2009 1:08:23 PM PST · by Charlespg · 7 replies · 402+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 12, 2009 | Siobhain Ryan
    CONTROLLED burning would be declared a key national threat to biodiversity under a new proposal before government that has been slammed as dangerous to life and property. While Environment Minister Peter Garrett yesterday gave Victoria carte blanche to do all it needed to control its deadly bushfires, without review by federal environment laws, it emerged he will be asked next year to decide whether prescribed burning to reduce fuel loads puts plants and animals at risk. A Department of Environment spokeswoman confirmed yesterday it had received a public submission to list controlled burning as a "key threatening process" - the...
  • United States sending 60 experts to help in Victoria

    02/11/2009 2:40:10 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies · 268+ views ^ | 11th February 2009
    THE United States will send 60 experts to help in recovery efforts after the worst bushfires in Victorian history. The support team was requested by Emergency Management Australia (EMA) in response to the ongoing Victoria fires, and should arrive on Sunday. The team will include experts on burned area rehabilitation, incident management, aviation support and mid-and senior-level management.
  • Fire 'divine retribution', says minister [Australia]

    02/10/2009 6:55:13 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 32 replies · 573+ views
    Live News com ^ | February 11, 2009 | Anon
    "INCENDIARY" abortion law reforms last year that made Victoria "the baby-killing state" are responsible for the devastating bushfires, controversial Christian leader Danny Nalliah said yesterday. "God's protection has been taken off the state, and Satan is having a go at the nation," Mr Nalliah, senior pastor of Catch the Fire Ministries, told The Age. Mr Nalliah's Australia Day prayer rallies have been supported by former prime minister John Howard and former treasurer Peter Costello. Mr Costello delivered a televised address to Mr Nalliah's Australia Day prayer meeting last month. Mr Costello yesterday rejected Mr Nalliah's abortion explanation for the fires...