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Re: Bushfires in Australia by Ellerd on 10 December 2006 1:36pm
Kazzzz - if you don't mind me asking, what part of Vic do you guys live? How far are you away from the main areas of activity?
Re: Bushfires in Australia by suzulu on 10 December 2006 1:53pm
OMG, Kazzzz and Missy - I hope the fires don't reach you.
Re: Bushfires in Australia by Lounge Trekker on 12 December 2006 7:15am
Holy smokes (no pun intended) I saw on a weather report that two fires have linked creating a front 250 kilometres (155 miles) long. That is a serious fire. 250 km of fire lines. There must be thousands of men fighting this fire. Incredible.

Here's a recent high-res satellite photo: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/Archive/Dec2006/Australia6_TMO_2006346_lrg.jpg

Lounge Trekker
Re: Bushfires in Australia by kazzzz on 12 December 2006 10:36am
It's not nice, and also overnight, Tasmania went up too and the firefighters reported that they have never seen a fire start so quickly and move so fast. And we're only a couple of weeks into Summer.
Ellerd, Missy is in the northern part of Melbourne and I am in the outer east, the fires are over a mountain range, to the north of us both, but where I live is a problem area, we have many fires here, the closest one has got to me (major fire) is about a kilometre away.

Re: Bushfires in Australia by sighthound on 12 December 2006 11:34pm
Our fire season here has just ended (we hope). A friend of mine outside of L.A. had to battle burning embers in his yard last week which is many weeks after the fire season usually ends. It seems that the fire season is starting earlier and ending later. Is this a global warming effect or just an anomaly?

One of our problems here in the U.S. is from the many decades of total fire supression by the government which allowed much, too much undergrowth to develop which has led to hotter fires that are extemely hard to stop. Is this also a problem in Australia?

Crossing my fingers for you in hopes that the firestorm will end soon!
Re: Bushfires in Australia by kazzzz on 13 December 2006 12:47pm
Yes Geraldine, it's all out of season isn't it?
Woke up again this morning to choking smoke blanketting us, visibility is down to almost nothing again. I won't let my cats out much to their utter disgust!
Re: Bushfires in Australia by Lounge Trekker on 13 December 2006 7:02pm
It looks like it is all coming true according to scientists' predictions. Our weather is getting more extreme with the global warming taking place.

In our temperate, moderate weather zone we've already experienced a week of sub-zero weather, 40 cm of snow, and two significant storms with 60 - 90 km/hr winds and rainfall close to an average winter total. This is before the official start of winter and following an unusually warm and dry summer.

Cold and wet, yes, but no threat of losing property or lives if we stay indoors...we hope.

Lounge Trekker
Re: Bushfires in Australia by Ken Dunn on 14 December 2006 1:06am
This sounds really bad. Are they started by careless campers or what? Are there any measures used for prevention other than having firefighters standing by with their hoses? I remember seeing a documentary which showed bush burns to allow for regeneration of the land for seedlings. It was supposed to be good for the land.
Re: Bushfires in Australia by kazzzz on 14 December 2006 6:14am
It's been happening forever, and in fact thses major burnoffs don't do the environment longterm harm, it's amazing how the bush regenerates very quickly... There are even a number of plants whose seeds only germinate after a bushfire. Lightening strikes are a major culprit for starting fires, but of course, many are started by someone throwing a match out of a window or burning off when they're not supposed to.
Re: Bushfires in Australia by sighthound on 19 December 2006 9:48pm
Kazzzz and Missy - Are you breathing any freer now? I hope the fires around you are abated.
I just heard an awful radio interview with an Aussie biologist who said that some species of animals may go extinct from these fires. So sad.
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