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Raw Aerial: 'Day Of Horror' Deadly Australian Bushfires

(no audio)Day of horror as inferno rages

February 8, 2009


VICTORIANS today awoke to the greatest bushfire catastrophe since Ash Wednesday. A statewide inferno that may have claimed up to 40 lives is still burning out of control.

Police, who last night were finally able to reach the blackened ruins of towns and communities, confirmed that 14 people had died. Six people who perished in a single vehicle in Kinglake, in the upper Yarra Valley, may have been from one family.

But police conceded they had little idea of how many others could be interred inside their ruined homes. Today they will continue the search for at least 25 people who were unaccounted for last night.

As more than 3000 firefighters and thousands of residents in dozens of communities last night battled to save homes, it emerged that hundreds of properties had already been lost.

Wandong, near Kilmore,

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  • Good luck to my Aussie Brothers and Sisters fighting those fires. Sorry to hear about those lost in the fires.

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  • The death toll now stands at 25 as of 7am this morning and entire towns have simply gone.

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  • 45 confirmed dead now

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  • R.I.P Victorian brothers and sisters. Stay strong

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  • so sad, and all of this could be avoided if aboriginal burning practices were placed back in that environment.

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    • that's very simplistic considering, a 10 year raging drought and record temperatures in a country that can catch fire because it simply feels like it.

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    • studies have proven that aboriginal fires are of low intensity compared to the late dry season fires, despite weather conditions favoring rapid combustion.

      The incidence of intense wildfires, especially under late dry season conditions that exacerbate their effects(Williams et al., 1998), is thought to have increased because Aboriginal people were displaced from their lands or aggregated voluntarily in larger settlements (Levitus, 1995; Russell-Smith et al., 1997a)

      also, in the absence of More..

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    • I did my thesis on land management and your answer is still simplistic.

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    • and what exactly is your thesis on land management?
      fire supression?
      dont be a fool.

      the only way australia is going to avoid these high intesity fires is if aboriginal type land management practices are used to burn and clean the country.

      fire is a key part of that ecosystem and has been a traditional management tool for thousands of years.
      fires like this didnt happen until aboriginals were forced to stop burning when they vacated large areas of crown land

      the same thing happened i More..

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    • actually, aboriginal burns dont require back burns and fire breaks. the way they burn, throughout the year, creates a mosaic of preserved habitats and plant and animal species.

      spending some money on aboriginals to have them clean your country is far less expensive than the damaged caused by devistating wildfires that role through and completely kill the landscape, reaching to the canopy.

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  • another excuse to put up fuel tax

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    • Congratulations, that's the most moronic statement Ive seen in live leak yet. dickweed

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    • i agree with most of what you say but..... shhhh on the importance of money. My teenager thinks that all cash in my wallet is designated as SPARE money lol.

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    • What an insentitive comment.

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    • my comment was not aimed at the poor people who have past away in fact in wasnt even aimed at australia ..it was aimed at my own government who will blame global warming for the oz fires ,they will use anything like this to justify a hike in fuel tax

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    • thats ok dude i can see where i miss lead with my comment but mr brown and his gov are crippling me with tax after tax ..i used to make a decent living in my own taxi cab now i am doing twice the hours for less money ..2 weeks ago diesel was 94 pence a litre its now 99.9 ..i dont now how long people in the uk can put up with the way these dickheads are killing the country

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