Friday, February 27, 2009

BushFire Fear Shuts Schools in Australia

A lack of rain and a predicted change in wind has made conditions the most dangerous in recent weeks.More than 3,000 firefighters are still fighting major blazes following the 7 February firestorm that killed 210 people and left thousands homeless.Temperatures are predicted to rise towards 40C , accompanied by high winds and low humidity.


More than 200 schools have been closed in south-eastern Australia as the government warned of an intensified fire risk ahead of the weekend.The state of Victoria was put on a high fire alert and dozens of fires continue to burn there."We have an extremely dry fuel load, and therefore extreme fire danger," Victoria's state emergency services commissioner Bruce Esplin told reporters.

People in areas near the fires needed to decide early whether to evacuate their homes, or stay and defend their properties, adding it was too late to leave once the flames were in sight.
Many of those killed 20 days ago died in their cars as they attempted to outrun the fires.The country's biggest-ever arson investigation is continuing into the causes of some of the fires.

9 comments:

lagirl said...

Those fires look horrendous! And to think that arson may be involved makes it even sadder. Are you any where near this area?

Thanks for stopping by my Blog!! Nice to make a new friend on the other side of the world. Love this technology!!

darsden said...

Very interesting blog you have here. Cool information Sriram Thank you. I will be back :-)

Lulu LaBonne said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog - nice to meet you Sririam

T and S said...

Sriram : Both your blogs are so update to date the the latest news from all parts of the globe. I can see that you cover a variety of subjects.

Thanks for stopping by my blog...Thomas

arikaka.com said...

Owh, reall poor they are...
i'm sorry to know this...

Juls said...

thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday! Those fires are crazy, and I find your blog quite interesting. I'll definitely be praying for those effected by the fires... so sad.

LisaNewton said...

Keep up the good work with your blog. The families affected by the fires are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mr. Kin said...

This is truly sad. These people's lives are being destroyed by fire. I wish someone could invent some kind of firewall around the city to prevent future fire outbreaks.

Anna Lefler said...

Your blog is great! And thanks for stopping by mine...

Take care...

:^) Anna