Monocolumn: Smoke With Fire In The Bush
It doesn’t take much to keep a bushfire going in Victoria, Australia’s south-eastern state.
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It doesn’t take much to keep a bushfire going in Victoria, Australia’s south-eastern state. In fact, all that’s required is a potent combination of extreme north-westerly winds, soaring temperatures and fuel – supplied in abundance from the national parkland dotted around Melbourne.
Every summer the threat of bushfire is high. And on 7 February 2009, the threat became a horrifying reality. It was precisely the aforementioned cocktail of 45-degree temperatures and winds, which came straight from the scorching desert inland at 50kph, that led to Australia’s biggest natural disaster: The Black Saturday bushfires where 173 people perished in towns scattered around Victoria.