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Fremen Bryan
post Feb 9 2009, 01:20 PM
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This is from yesterday (2/8/09); I heard today that the number of dead is now closer to 150.


Update: 96 dead, 750 homes lost in Australia
wildfire horror

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Update:96 dead, 750 homes lost in Australia wildfire horror*

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By staff writers and wires

NEWS.com.au

February 08, 2009 09:36pm

* 96 dead after it 'rained fire' on towns
* Major bushfires still raging in Victoria
* Local coverage at the Herald Sun
* CFA: Live fire updates

AT least 96 people are dead in the bushfires ripping through Victoria,
in a disaster which has eclipsed the state's Ash Wednesday devastation
of two decades ago.

Authorities are continuing a grim search for more bodies as horrific
eyewitness accounts emerge from devastated communities. It was
estimated at least 750 homes had been lost - 550 of them in the Kinglake
area.

Victoria Police have confirmed 96 deaths, but the final toll could rise
much higher as authorities move further into the affected towns.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced emergency relief funding for the
state, saying "Hell in all its fury had visited ... many good people lie
dead".

Whole towns have been destroyed and thousands of people left homeless
with record temperatures and fierce winds sparking devastating infernos.

The town of Marysville was reported to have been wiped out, but the
Country Fire Authority (CFA) said many residents had made it to
emergency shelter in a local park.

More destruction and power blackouts are possible, with up to a dozen
fires still burning out of control. And it has been reported that
arsonists are suspected of relighting some fires after fire crews had
brought them under control.

The worst bushfire to strike Victoria was the 1983 Ash Wednesday
disaster when 47 people were killed in the state.

Most of the bodies were discovered in towns northeast of Melbourne - 11
at St Andrews, 10 at Kinglake West, eight at Kinglake, five each at
Humevale and Flowerdale, four each at Callignee and Wandong, three each
at Taggerty, Whittlesea and Hazelwood, two at Hazeldene and one each in
Arthurs Creek, Strathewan, Upper Callignee, Jeealang, Long Gully, Yea,
Marysville and Bendigo.

At least six bodies were found in the one car at Kinglake, with reports
that others may have been trying to escape the fire in cars.

Police have not yet given the gender or ages of the victims, but one
Kinglake resident said three members of the same family, believed to
include a 14-year-old girl, a nine-year-old boy and an uncle, had died
in the same house.

"It rained fire," another Kinglake resident told Sky News.

Strathewen resident Mary Avola said her husband of 43 years, Peter
Avola, was among those killed. "He was behind me for a while and we
tried to reach the oval but the gates were locked," she told Melbourne's
Herald Sun.

"He just told me to go and that's the last time I saw him."

Firefighter Richard Hoyle described the scene as "a holocaust". "The
road is riddled with burnt-out cars involved in multiple collisions and
debris," he said.

Raylene Kincaide, of Narbethong, said her home had been destroyed and
there was little left of the town. "Everyone we know has lost
everything they had," she said on ABC radio.

More than 20 people have been admitted to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital
with burns and three are in a critical condition. Seven of the injured
have burns to more than 30 per cent of their bodies.

Anyone concerned about family or friends in fire areas should call the
CFA on 1800 727 077.

Premier John Brumby has described the disaster as "the worst day in our
history". He called the bushfires "a monster that couldn't be controlled".

The CFA said the communities of Kinglake, Kinglake West, Toolangi,
Glenburn, Strathewen, Chum Creek, Dixons Creek, Castella, Pheasant
Creek, Doreen, Yan Yean, Woodstock, Mernda, Mittons Bridge, Hurstbridge,
St Andrews, Panton Hill, Arthurs Creek, Smiths Gully, Christmas Hills,
Healesville, Yarra Glen, Coldstream, Tarrawarra, Steels Creek, had been
and still may be directly impacted upon by the fire.

General information on fires and fire locations is available by calling
the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667. The CFA is also
posting updates on Twitter.

Donations for those affected are being accepted by the National
Australia Bank and Bendigo Bank.

The Australian Red Cross is accepting blood donations.

The wildfires that have ripped through the state of Victoria

The death toll from bush fires in southern Australia has reached at
least 96, the worst in the country's history.

Thousands of firefighters, aided by the army, are battling several major
fires, and the number of dead is expected to rise as fires are put out.

Entire towns have been destroyed in the fires, fanned by extremely high
temperatures and unpredictable winds.

Temperatures are dropping now, but officials fear they will not be able
to get the fires under control until there is substantial rain.

'Absolutely horrific'

Firefighters have been battling against what are described as the worst
conditions in the state of Victoria's history.

Witnesses described seeing walls of flames four storeys high, trees
exploding and the skies raining ash, as fires tore across 30,000
hectares (115 sq miles) of forests, farmland and towns.

The fires have destroyed entire towns and many miles of farm and forestland

The BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney said police suspect that in at least one
case fires have been restarted by arsonists after being extinguished by
firefighters.

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees said arsonists faced a maximum 25
years' jail.

"We will throw the book at you if you are caught," he was quoted as
saying by the AFP news agency.

"Some of these fires have started in localities that could only be by
hand, it could not be natural causes," Victoria state Police Deputy
Commissioner Kieran Walshe was quoted as saying by AFP.

"We do need to get to the position where we can get our investigators
and our forensic scientists into the fire scenes to do a full, thorough
investigation, " he said.

AUSTRALIAN BUSH FIRES
16 February 1983: 75 dead, 2,300 homes destroyed in "Ash Wednesday"
bushfires in Victoria and South Australia
8 January 1969: At least 22 dead, 230 homes lost in rural Victoria
7 February 1967: 62 dead, 1,300 homes destroyed in fires in Hobart, Tasmania
13 January 1939: 71 dead, 700 homes destroyed in "Black Friday" fires in
Victoria
February - March 1922: 60 die in Gippsland, eastern Victoria

Devastated residents tell of fire fury

At least 750 homes have been destroyed in Victoria and about 14,000
homes are without power.

Most of the people who died came from a cluster of small towns to the
north of Melbourne. The BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney said many charred
bodies had been found in cars. It is thought they were trying to escape
the fires but were overtaken by their "sheer speed and ferocity".

At least 12 people died in the town of Kinglake, four at Wandong, four
at St Andrews and three at Strathewen.

One Strathewen resident told ABC local radio how people had witnessed
"absolutely horrific" scenes as they had helped battle the flames.

"The school's gone, the hall's gone... some people left it too late.
We've lost friends, and we're just waiting for more - children, loved
ones," she said.

The town of Marysville, with about 500 residents, was said to have been
burned to the ground.

Australia is a tough country to live in. We have had no rain for eight
weeks and that is why so much is burning.
Alison Blakeley, Melbourne

Local fire officer Greg Esnouf said: "We're starting to get some reports
in now that are very saddening. This latest report says Marysville
possibly one building left standing - that's just shocking."

One person was reported dead in Marysville, but most residents managed
to shelter from the blaze in a local park.

A survivor from Kinglake, Darren Webb-Johnson, told Sky TV: "The service
station went, the take-away store across the road went, cylinders
(exploded) left, right and centre, and 80% of the town burnt down to the
ground."

'Tragic day'

Tens of thousands of firefighters have been trying to contain blazes in
two other states - New South Wales and South Australia - but the fires
there were largely contained or burning away from residential areas.

The fire service is using water-bombing aircraft to contain fires and
thousands of volunteers are using water hoses.

View of fires from plane near Melbourne (Pic: Grant Smith)
Witnesses say the fires have been up to four storeys high (Pic: Grant Smith)

"It's obviously a tragic day and a tragic week in our history,"
Victorian state Premier John Brumby said.

Late on Sunday, he said he had accepted an offer from Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd to send in troops to relieve overstretched emergency crews.

"Hell in all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria in the
last 24 hours," said Mr Rudd.

Bush fires are common in Australia, but the current blazes have eclipsed
the death toll from what had been the previous worst fire in 1983, when
75 people died on a day that became known as Ash Wednesday.

The leader of the Green party, Bob Brown said summer fires would get
worse unless Australia and other nations showed more leadership on
reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"It's a sobering reminder of the need for this nation and the whole
world to act and put at a priority our need to tackle climate change,"
he said.

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post Feb 12 2009, 07:08 PM
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Yeah it's not fun, luckily the worst of it is over for now.


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