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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2020 3:34:42 PM

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Australians Brace For Flames As 'Frighteningly Quick' Bushfires Advance Toward Sydney

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/03/793292951/australia-braces-as-frighteningly-quick-bushfires-advance-toward-sydney














































Hope123
Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:01:57 AM

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Oscar,

Romany has posted about the fires in the second "All That Winning" thread. I did not know it is the productive area that is burning making it a disaster for the whole country with food shortages and refugees and so forth. All life will not be able to come back. Photos of the poor animals as well as the people are heartbreaking.

https://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst196772_All-That-Winning.aspx?find=unread

A prominent scientist says if Australia continues to get hotter and dryer, these fires are only a taste of what will happen.

https://youtu.be/OYtAGTe9MjY
Tipping point.

Pix are worth a thousand words! Thanks.
Hope123
Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2020 10:07:54 AM

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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2020 7:12:04 AM

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Australia Deploys Military Reservists To Combat Wildfire, As Thousands Evacuate

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/05/793754335/australia-deploys-military-reservists-to-combat-wildfire-as-thousands-evacuate




The outbreak of wildfires in Australia has reached a tipping point. Thousands of residents were evacuated this week, as bush fires reached the suburban fringes of Sydney, the skies turning blood-red. Coastline towns in the states of New South Wales and Victoria were consumed by the blaze, leaving thousands homeless. Many are stuck behind fire lines, trapped without power or cell service.

The Associated Press reports that 12.35 million acres of land in Australia has been burned. For comparison, the 2018 California wildfires burned less than 2 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The smoke blocking Australia's sky is visible from space. Choking haze drifted to neighboring New Zealand, over 1,000 miles away.

The death toll from the fires, now in their fifth month, has risen to 24. Authorities said mass evacuations of residents living in at-risk areas in New South Wales and Victoria this week prevented a major loss of life.

The Australian government took the unprecedented step to call up 3,000 reservists to battle the escalating fires and conduct evacuations. They deployed additional firefighting aircraft and the HMAS Adelaide, the Navy's largest ship, to evacuate stranded residents along the coast. It is the largest military deployment the continent has seen since World War II.
Oscar D. Grouch
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Sarrriesfan
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2020 12:14:20 PM

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My elder brother lives in Dover Heights a suburb of Sydney on the South Side of the bay near(ish) Bondi beach.
The heat has been horrible there but at least the sea breeze helps a little, but what the smoke and ash had triggered asthma it’s not good.


Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2020 4:18:50 PM

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Australia Wildfires Have Claimed 25 Lives And Will Burn For Months, Officials Say

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/06/793931658/australia-wildfires-have-claimed-25-lives-and-will-burn-for-months-officials-say


Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:06:20 AM

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Australian Fires Prompt Questions About Protecting Houses From Embers

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/07/793991736/australian-fires-prompt-questions-about-protecting-houses-from-embers





Embers are raining down on communities across Australia.

"The strong winds of a thunderstorm came through, but instead of raining water it was raining embers," one resident told The Sydney Morning Herald. Another described how, as he and his family tried to evacuate on New Year's Eve, "burning embers started falling and houses were starting to get lost."

More than two dozen people have died in wildfires that started burning in Australia in September. In recent weeks, fires on the east coast of the country have spread quickly with the help of hot-dry weather, burning through millions of acres and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. Nearly 2,000 homes have been destroyed.

And the airborne embers — not the flames — are largely to blame.

"We've really started to isolate that it's not necessarily the wall of flames that's igniting homes," says Daniel Gorham, a research engineer with the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety in the United States. "Rather, the embers that are traveling ahead of the fire are igniting homes."

The bigger the fire, the farther it can disperse embers, and the larger and more dangerous those embers can be. As climate change exacerbates heat waves, droughts and poor land use decisions in Australia's arid regions, bushfires are getting larger and more intense — exactly the types of blazes that can fling embers for miles.
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 8:52:10 AM

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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 10:20:52 AM

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Donate to the Australian Red Cross.

https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/drr
FounDit
Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 10:59:15 AM

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This is just sad. You have to wonder about some people.

National News

Nearly 200 Australians Have Been Charged With Fire-Related Offenses
posted by Bill Galluccio - Jan 7, 2020

Hundreds Of Bushfires Continue To Burn Across NSW Despite Easing Conditions

Officials in Australia have arrested at least 24 people accused of intentionally starting fires as horrific bushfires have ravaged the country. In total, 183 people are facing fire related-charges, with 53 people facing legal action for not complying with the state's fire ban and 47 people facing charges for discarding a lit cigarette or match on land. In Queensland, authorities believe that 103 fires were deliberately set and have arrested dozens of people, including 69 juveniles, since November.

In one case, 19-year-old Rural Fire Service volunteer Blake Banner was charged with lighting seven fires while battling the blazes along the southern coast.

"Our members will be rightly angry that the alleged actions of one individual can tarnish the reputation and hard work of so many," Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

The bushfires have raged out of control and torched over 12 million acres, killing at least 25 people and destroying over 2,000 homes. The fires have also decimated the wildlife population, with the University of Sydney estimating that 480 million animals have died in New South Wales alone.

"The fires have also been devastating for Australia's wildlife and wild places, as vital areas of bush, forests, and parks have been scorched and many millions of animals killed or injured," Dr. Stuart Blanch, a senior manager with the World Wildlife Fund-Australia, told ABC News. "Until the fires subside, the full extent of damage will remain unknown."

Romany
Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 1:18:50 PM
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Bet there's a whole heap of people wishing they could have just two minutes alone with these morons!

And really, they obviously must be a few stubbies short of a 6-pack - they certainly do seem to be in need of psychiatric help! (Which is what I said about the first 2. Yet it has now become 24? Un-bloody-believable.)
Hope123
Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:18:13 PM

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Any who start these fires need to have the book thrown at them. And people inflating the numbers of them to help deny climate emergency need to be called out too.

https://www.vox.com/2020/1/9/21058332/australia-fires-arson-lightning-explained

Disinformation and lies are spreading faster than Australia's bushfires

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/12/disinformation-and-lies-are-spreading-faster-than-australias-bushfires


And of course Murdoch is involved. So is Donald Trump Jr. and right wing gullible anti climate change followers. Some mainstream then picked it up.

I saw Australians blaming "Greenies" on Facebook too. That is disputed by authorities as well.


A story in the Murdoch-owned national broadsheet, The Australian, also falsely claimed that 183 arsonists had been arrested in the “current bushfire season”. That piece also went global. It was tweeted by Donald Trump Jr and followed up by InfoWars, a right-wing US website,

which stated: “Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame ‘climate change’ for the disaster.”

The number was a gross exaggeration. It was arrived at by counting a range of bushfire-related offences other than arson – including contraventions of fire bans, for example – and used annual figures, not those for the current fire season, which began in September. The Australian subsequently updated its story.
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NSW’s Rural Fire Service has said the major cause of ignition during the crisis has been dry lightning. Victoria police say they do not believe arson had a role in any of the destructive fires this summer.

Something else is out of control in Australia: climate disaster denialism

The RFS has also contradicted claims that environmentalists have been holding up hazard reduction work. That claim was running hot on social media, and was given credibility by figures like federal Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, a prominent Australian politician, who said “green caveats” were stopping firefighters from reducing fuel loads. This is at complete odds with statements by the RFS commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, who said the single biggest barrier to hazard reduction is the increasingly hot and dry weather and the “shrinking window of opportunity” within which managed burns could safely take place.

Fitzsimmons said hazard reduction is also of little utility in fires as intense as those experienced in NSW this season.

“Hazard reduction is absolutely an important factor when it comes to fire management and managing fire in the landscape but it is not the panacea,” Fitzsimmons said on Wednesday.

Comments like Fitzsimmons’ have done little to stop the idea taking hold. Prime minister Scott Morrison has nominated the lack of hazard reduction work as a key issue he wants to investigate after the current crisis.

At the same time, Morrison has demonstrated little appetite for strengthening climate action.


Hope123
Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:00:17 PM

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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 5:30:38 AM

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Officials In Australia's New South Wales Celebrate: 'All Fires Are Now Contained'

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/13/805616731/officials-in-australias-new-south-wales-celebrate-all-fires-are-now-contained

Fire officials in Australia are celebrating a landmark moment, saying that for the first time in what has been a horrendous wildfire season, every fire in hard-hit New South Wales is now under control. Bushfires have destroyed more than 2,400 homes and burned 5.4 million hectares of land – or about 13.3 million acres — in the country's most populous state.

More than a week of heavy rain has helped fire crews extinguish or control dangerous fires. And while the deluge has created its own problems, such as flooding and mudslides, firefighters welcomed the news that they finally have the upper hand in combating fires and can focus on the recovery process.

"After what's been a truly devastating fire season for both firefighters and residents who suffered through so much this season, all fires are now contained in New South Wales, which is great news," NSW Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said in a video update Thursday.

Note: 'Contained' just means that the fires are no longer spreading, not that they've be extinguished.
Hope123
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 4:48:34 PM

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https://www.npr.org/2020/02/10/803669266/with-australia-s-hillsides-stripped-bare-by-fire-scientists-work-to-predict-mudf

They are working to predict where mudslides might occur now after the massive rains. Taking California as as an example may help.
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