Bushfire News

There are 173 people confirmed dead. That number is expected to rise. There are 955 homes destroyed. That number will probably rise too. 33 fires continue to burn out of control. More than 300,000 hectares have already been burnt. Several towns have been erased from the map.

Photo courtesy of The Age: Steels Creek by John Woudstra.

Some of you know that I work for the State government department that is responsible for fire fighting in Victoria. The mood in our office is very sombre at the moment. We have fire briefings three times a day. There are frequent requests for extra staff to come and help with the fire effort. The media is full of stories about those who have lost everything, those who have lost their lives, those who have lost family. There are some stories of amazing joy – those whose houses remain standing when every other house around theirs was razed by fire. The amazing job done by all the firefighters. Vision of our Prime Minister, and our Premier, reduced to tears by the devastation as they tour the affected areas.

This is now the worst natural disaster in Victoria’s, if not Australia’s, history.

Photo courtesy of The Age: Christmas Hills by Getty Images.

3 responses to “Bushfire News

  1. Khyra The Siberian Husky February 10, 2009 at 10:48 am

    We just watched one of the stories on our NBC Nightly News…We feel so badly and helpless fur evfurryone involved…All of woo are in our thoughts!Hugz&Khysses,Khyra and Phyll

  2. Shmoo February 10, 2009 at 11:24 am

    When I heard that the fire was moving so fast that a lot of people died in their cars trying to outrun it, I nearly threw up. How horrific. Thoughts and prayers to your country.

  3. Dianne February 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    the images on the news here in the US are startling and horrifyingmy thoughts are with you all

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