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Devastating fires in Victoria, Australia
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Posted 2/11/09 , edited 2/11/09

mokney wrote:


qwertyuiopz wrote:

howd the fire start


Most of them were deliberatly lit. 2 have been confirmed being started by lightning strikes.

They caught some dickhead who started another fire last night.

OFF WITH THEIR HANDS AND FEET I SAY!









Oh and do you dumbasses know how quick fire actually spreads?

No. Some of us dumbasses don't know. -__-
Don't make a fool out of yourself by sounding like a smart ass.
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so thats why i moved LOL
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courtknee wrote:


mokney wrote:


qwertyuiopz wrote:

howd the fire start


Most of them were deliberatly lit. 2 have been confirmed being started by lightning strikes.

They caught some dickhead who started another fire last night.

OFF WITH THEIR HANDS AND FEET I SAY!









Oh and do you dumbasses know how quick fire actually spreads?

No. Some of us dumbasses don't know. -__-
Don't make a fool out of yourself by sounding like a smart ass.



So being knowledgeable on something is being a smartass?

Pfft. You're a joke. Funny how you took offense to it dumbass.
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This is a horrible tragedy... there's no need to turn it into a sledging match on 'arrogance vs ignorance'.
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Posted 2/11/09
i live really near the fires right now and every night i go to sleep im scared my house would burn down
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mlaaaa wrote:

:mellow: This is a horrible tragedy... there's no need to turn it into a sledging match on 'arrogance vs ignorance'.


Agreed, so many lives lost, homes destroyed and people in despair two people are fighting about being dumbasses and know it alls...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XSPx7S4jr4


really really touching after event where a koala with scorched paws is found and given water by patrolling guys.

follow up article: http://uk.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUKTRE51A1AB20090211

btw: hundreds of humans died and we can think of a thousands of animals who died too. Natural disaster?
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yellowkisses wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XSPx7S4jr4


really really touching after event where a koala with scorched paws is found and given water by patrolling guys.

follow up article: http://uk.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUKTRE51A1AB20090211

btw: hundreds of humans died and we can think of a thousands of animals who died too. Natural disaster?


I saw it too but I saw it on the news... It was so sad and the koala was really cute...aah the poor thing!! I know so many animals...it's really sad to think about it!! It's terrible!
Posted 2/11/09
i think the gov and kevin rudd arent handling the situation well enough though.
most of the funds getting to the victims are from the general public...
anyway you should donate to help
over 700 houses gone and 180 died
who would do something like that?
its shocking really
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i think the gov and kevin rudd arent handling the situation well enough though.
most of the funds getting to the victims are from the general public...

Well that's Kevin 07 for you.

This was in the paper:

From an average fire to Hiroshima

Speed:
* Average Bushfire: Short distance spotting 50-100m; Long distance spotting 1-2km
* Saturday Superfire: Short distance spotting 1-2km; Long distance spotting 15km

Heat released:
* Average: Energy expelled 10,000kW/m of fire
* Saturday: Energy expelled 60-80,000kW/m of fire. Equivalent to 500 Hiroshima atomic bombs released at once, or enough to supply Victoria with electricity for two years.

Height:
* Average: Flame height 10-20m; How close you can go - up to 80m
* Saturday: Flame height 50m; How close you can go - 200m


...and I heard it estimated near 1 million animals died.
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This is sick, I hope the arsonists are captured soon.
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courtknee wrote:

I don't see why people are dead...
:/ Wouldn't the people have already known that there was a fire danger - and be ready to evacuate if anything happens?


this is the reasoN I found it funny.
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courtknee wrote:

I don't see why people are dead...
:/ Wouldn't the people have already known that there was a fire danger - and be ready to evacuate if anything happens?


this is the reasoN I found it funny.


Funny? This was no normal fire, you wonder why people died yet flames 50m high and energy equivalent to 500 Hiroshima atomic bombs released at once doesn't seem to phase you.
Posted 2/12/09
Omg... thats really awful! Alot of people dieing = /
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The latest death toll is 181 and it is estimated that literally hundreds of thousands of native animals died.

Today there was smoke all across Melbourne. To all the people who are using this forum to call each other dickheads etc how about posting these things somewhere else.

People who haven't lived in bushfire areas often can't understand how fierce the fires can be. These are the worst fires I can remember, and we get them every year. The temperature on Saturday, when most of the fires started, reached 46C in Melbourne and was worse in some rural areas. There was also the north wind (which is a very hot dry wind), which hampered the firefighters, most of whom were CFA volunteers (like the man giving the water to the koala), not the fire brigade. As for preparation for the fires, no-one could have predicted the intensity of these infernos. People had bushfire plans, but the fire moved so quickly many were caught before they could take any action. It is partly the fault of the Government which has not allowed people to clear growth around their houses.

Areas that everyone thought were safe (including my suburb and surrounding ones) also suffered fires due to the extreme conditions. And yes, most were the result of arson or spot fires from the main ones. A man was arrested for arson - he is in protective custody. There is still no access to some of the worst affected areas, so no-one has been able to count the bodies.

On a positive note, the donations from people across Melbourne have been so numerous, the authorities have had to ask them to stop and make cash donations only, as there was just no room for all the donated food and clothes.
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