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So sad what is happening to the country, the fauna-animals/wildlife, flora and people

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Reply #1 posted 01/07/20 10:54am

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I am not from Australia nor have I ever been there but I love the kangaroos and Koala.....how did the fire start?

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So sad what is happening to the country, the fauna-animals/wildlife, flora and people

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https://www.fox13news.com/news/24-people-charged-with-intentionally-setting-australia-fires-this-season?fbclid=IwAR0Cgl17c32HLqJ3kLqZG1i-zsqiaVvwfzLWUDBx6KgTT5YqlUKZqVgmrGY

24 people charged with intentionally setting Australia fires this season

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SYDNEY - As the deadly wildfires in Australia continue to rage, authorities say more than 180 people are facing legal action for fire-related offenses since late last year — including two dozen people who have been charged for allegedly setting some of those fires intentionally.

The fires, fueled by drought and the country's hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September. The blazes have killed at least 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes, killed millions of animals and scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.

The New South Wales Police Force said Monday that it has taken legal action against 183 people for 205 bushfire-related offenses since Nov. 8, 2019, including 40 juveniles.

Authorities said 24 people have been charged over alleged deliberately-lit fires.

Additionally, 53 people have faced legal actions for allegedly failing to comply with a total fire ban and 47 people have had legal actions for allegedly discarding a lit cigarette or match on land.

Starting a bushfire and being reckless in causing its spread can result in up to 21 years in prison, the New South Wales Police Force said.

The legal action ranges "from cautions through to criminal charges," the police force said.

Across New South Wales, 130 fires were still burning on Tuesday, around 50 of which were uncontrolled.

The day's cooler, rainier weather was providing thousands of weary firefighters a "psychological and emotional" reprieve as they scrambled to strengthen containment lines around the blazes before temperatures rise again, said Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

"It really is about shoring up protection to limit the damage potential and the outbreak of these fires over the coming days," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Residents drive on a road through thick smoke from fires in Bemboka, in Australia's New South Wales state on Jan. 5, 2020.

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Is This a Photo of Australian Fires Taken from the Space Station?

Composite images created from multiple data inputs are often mistaken for literal photographs.

David Mikkelson

Published 5 January 2020

However, this striking image did not originate with the ISS, nor was it actually a photograph. Rather, it was a "3D visualization" of the Australian fires by Anthony Hearsey, "an image maker who specialises in photography, retouching and creative imaging," which was compiled from NASA satellite data collected across the span of a month.

Many postings of this image included a disclaimer noting that the visualization encompassed "all the areas which have been affected" by fires in Australia, but that "not all the areas are still burning":

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Reply #4 posted 01/07/20 11:12am

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I am not from Australia nor have I ever been there but I love the kangaroos and Koala.....how did the fire start?

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So sad what is happening to the country, the fauna-animals/wildlife, flora and people

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There is not one single fire, there are hundreds. Most of the fires started naturally (lightning, ember attack), some by accident (loss of control of fuel reduction measures, campfires, faming equipement) but some were deliberately lit

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lollipop2 said:

I am not from Australia nor have I ever been there but I love the kangaroos and Koala.....how did the fire start?

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So sad what is happening to the country, the fauna-animals/wildlife, flora and people

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Australian firefighter accused of arson during record bush fires in 'ultimate betrayal'

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/27/australian-firefighter-accused-arson-record-bush-fires-ultimate/

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A 19-year-old volunteer fire fighter in Australia has been charged with arson and accused of lighting seven fires in the Bega Valley area, New South Wales.New South Wales has suffered from a horrific bush fire crisis in recent weeks, with six people killed, 600 homes destroyed and almost 1.7 million hectares of land burnt through.

The teen volunteer with the Rural Fire Service, Blake William Banner, allegedly lit a fire on Tuesday afternoon next to the Bega river, left the area and returned to fight the fire for the RFS.

He was arrested at a Tarraganda fire shed within two hours of the fire, and was charged with causing the fire as well as six others since Oct 17.

On Wednesday he appeared before Bega Local Court Wednesday and was granted conditional bail, to return to the court on Dec 17.

The NSW RFS stood down the fire fighter immediately.

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

"This type of alleged behaviour is the ultimate betrayal of our own members, and of the broader community."

Banner could face a lengthy prison term if convicted. In June 2016 a 23-year-old volunteer firefighter was sentenced to three years and four months jail for lighting three bush fires, one of them on a 40-degree day, in Western Australia.

The NSW police service's Strikeforce Tronto investigated 1,500 suspicious fires from 2001 to 2004. These investigations resulted in 50 people being charged, and 11 of them were volunteer firefighters – out of a then 69,000 NSW RFS members.

An Australian Institute of Criminology report from 2005 noted that "despite the small number of incidents, the impact of firefighter arson can go well beyond the damage caused by the fire itself".

"The community relies on and trusts its fire services, and the lighting of fires by members of those services can undermine public confidence, particularly given the accompanying media attention ... The fire service could suffer loss of morale or have its effectiveness compromised by the disruption of allegations and investigations."

The report said that when a firefighter turns arsonist, it will usually be motivated by "a desire for excitement or as a way of gaining attention and recognition".

"A firefighter craving stimulation or activity may start a fire before reporting for duty. There are cases of firefighters who have started a fire, reported it and attended the fire with their unit in the hope of being seen as the hero who saves the community."

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Fire and Rescue NSW team give water to a koala as they rescue it from fire in Jacky Bulbin Flat Credit: PAUL SUDMALS/REUTERS

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A dehydrated and injured Koala receives treatment at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on November 2, 2019, after its rescue from a bushfire that has ravaged an area of over 2,000 hectares.

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PIRSA veterinarian Angela Scott (c) assisted by Sally Selwood (SAVEM) and Phoebe Jones treat a koala for bushfire burns at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in the Parndana region on Jan. 8, on Kangaroo Island.

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Jane Brister, director of Adelaide Koala Rescue, is seen with Floyd, one of the first rescued koalas from the Cudlee Creek fires recovering in the outside pen at Paradise Primary School where Adelaide Koala Rescue have set up in the school's gymnasium on Jan. 8 in Adelaide.

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It's really sad seeing all the animals suffering. I mentioned before that my cousin lives with me, she came back to Ireland from Australia. She lived over there from the age of 5 and didn't move back here til she was 23. But all her family are still over there (nowhere near the fires) so she's been keeping up with the news. Updating me on stuff. Very sad. I hope they get it under control as soon as possible.
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lollipop2 said:

I am not from Australia nor have I ever been there but I love the kangaroos and Koala.....how did the fire start?

Australian firefighter accused of arson during record bush fires in 'ultimate betrayal'

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/27/australian-firefighter-accused-arson-record-bush-fires-ultimate/

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A 19-year-old volunteer fire fighter in Australia has been charged with arson and accused of lighting seven fires in the Bega Valley area, New South Wales.New South Wales has suffered from a horrific bush fire crisis in recent weeks, with six people killed, 600 homes destroyed and almost 1.7 million hectares of land burnt through.

The teen volunteer with the Rural Fire Service, Blake William Banner, allegedly lit a fire on Tuesday afternoon next to the Bega river, left the area and returned to fight the fire for the RFS.

He was arrested at a Tarraganda fire shed within two hours of the fire, and was charged with causing the fire as well as six others since Oct 17.

On Wednesday he appeared before Bega Local Court Wednesday and was granted conditional bail, to return to the court on Dec 17.

The NSW RFS stood down the fire fighter immediately.

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

"This type of alleged behaviour is the ultimate betrayal of our own members, and of the broader community."

Banner could face a lengthy prison term if convicted. In June 2016 a 23-year-old volunteer firefighter was sentenced to three years and four months jail for lighting three bush fires, one of them on a 40-degree day, in Western Australia.

The NSW police service's Strikeforce Tronto investigated 1,500 suspicious fires from 2001 to 2004. These investigations resulted in 50 people being charged, and 11 of them were volunteer firefighters – out of a then 69,000 NSW RFS members.

An Australian Institute of Criminology report from 2005 noted that "despite the small number of incidents, the impact of firefighter arson can go well beyond the damage caused by the fire itself".

"The community relies on and trusts its fire services, and the lighting of fires by members of those services can undermine public confidence, particularly given the accompanying media attention ... The fire service could suffer loss of morale or have its effectiveness compromised by the disruption of allegations and investigations."

The report said that when a firefighter turns arsonist, it will usually be motivated by "a desire for excitement or as a way of gaining attention and recognition".

"A firefighter craving stimulation or activity may start a fire before reporting for duty. There are cases of firefighters who have started a fire, reported it and attended the fire with their unit in the hope of being seen as the hero who saves the community."

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Such a dangerous mentality. It is sickening each and every year we hear about people that deliberately light fires that can kill and destroy so many lives and not just human.

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Such a dangerous mentality. It is sickening each and every year we hear about people that deliberately light fires that can kill and destroy so many lives and not just human.

Why would anybody in his right mind light a fire knowing that this will cause great harm to his own country, his own people and , most of all, the unique and beautiful flora and fauna of his country?

What is such a person´s motivation?

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There is a link to donate to the Australian Red Cross https://prince.org/msg/100/461872

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There is a link to donate to the Australian Red Cross https://prince.org/msg/100/461872

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Australia Zoo is also taking in animals and are in a safe area. They are treating them. They are trying to build a new hospital ward for the wildlife they are taking in, but money will also go towards treating the animals they are taking in now.

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It’s dreadful. We had dark yellow skies in New Zealand the other day. That was was at 2pm in the height of summer. Everyone had their lights on and we’re a 3 hour flight away so I can’t imagine what it’s like there.

Proud of my 11 year old nephew though. He decided to spend all day yesterday picking plums and sold bags of them for $2 today on the street and raised $170 for the injured animals. He did the same again this afternoon so he can go again tomorrow.
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KoolEaze said:

IanRG said:

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Such a dangerous mentality. It is sickening each and every year we hear about people that deliberately light fires that can kill and destroy so many lives and not just human.

Why would anybody in his right mind light a fire knowing that this will cause great harm to his own country, his own people and , most of all, the unique and beautiful flora and fauna of his country?

What is such a person´s motivation?

"A firefighter craving stimulation or activity may start a fire before reporting for duty. There are cases of firefighters who have started a fire, reported it and attended the fire with their unit in the hope of being seen as the hero who saves the community."

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© DELWP Gippsland via AP In this image released Jan. 2, 2020, from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Gippsland, Australia, massive smoke rises from wildfires burning in East Gippsland, Victoria. Thousands of tourists are fleeing Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south.

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"There are many drivers of wildfires, but its increasingly clear that hotter, drier conditions play a big role in making them worse," said Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at Berkeley Earth, a climate research organization, in a tweet.

"Southern Australia has seen rapid warming of around 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1950, making conditions ripe for devastating fires," he said.

Recent extremely hot, dry conditions have also fueled the fires. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2019 was both the hottest and driest year ever measured in Australia.

"Under these conditions, it is not at all surprising that extreme wildfires have been running out of control," said Robert Rohde, a lead scientist at Berkeley Earth, in a tweet.

December was particularly harsh in Australia: It was one of the top two hottest months on record for the nation.

"Australia has warmed by about 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since records began in 1910," tweeted Columbia University climate scientist Kate Marvel. "This makes heat waves and fires more likely. It's not the sun. It's not volcanoes. It's not 'natural cycles.'"

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A heard of 59 Alpacas roam the oval at Moss Vale Showground after being evacuated from their property on Jan. 6, in Moss Vale.

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Animals are seen in Cobargo, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, on Jan. 5.

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Why would anybody in his right mind light a fire knowing that this will cause great harm to his own country, his own people and , most of all, the unique and beautiful flora and fauna of his country?

What is such a person´s motivation?

"A firefighter craving stimulation or activity may start a fire before reporting for duty. There are cases of firefighters who have started a fire, reported it and attended the fire with their unit in the hope of being seen as the hero who saves the community."

Yes, I am aware of firefighters committing arson, it happened in my hometown quite often until they finally caught the perpetrator but I was referring to the news of approximately 200 people who are not firefighters that have been arrested in Australia because they allegedly started some of the fires. Today I read that it´s probably fake news because Rupert Murdoch and his media outlets want to shift the blame on arsonists rather than climate change (not my theory, just something that I read today).

I don´t really know what to make of all this.

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KoolEaze said:

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"A firefighter craving stimulation or activity may start a fire before reporting for duty. There are cases of firefighters who have started a fire, reported it and attended the fire with their unit in the hope of being seen as the hero who saves the community."

Yes, I am aware of firefighters committing arson, it happened in my hometown quite often until they finally caught the perpetrator but I was referring to the news of approximately 200 people who are not firefighters that have been arrested in Australia because they allegedly started some of the fires. Today I read that it´s probably fake news because Rupert Murdoch and his media outlets want to shift the blame on arsonists rather than climate change (not my theory, just something that I read today).

I don´t really know what to make of all this.

Oh ok

Yeah in post #2 and #5 they have people arrested. #5 is about the 19yr old volunteer Firefighter

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"A firefighter craving stimulation or activity may start a fire before reporting for duty. There are cases of firefighters who have started a fire, reported it and attended the fire with their unit in the hope of being seen as the hero who saves the community."

Yes, I am aware of firefighters committing arson, it happened in my hometown quite often until they finally caught the perpetrator but I was referring to the news of approximately 200 people who are not firefighters that have been arrested in Australia because they allegedly started some of the fires. Today I read that it´s probably fake news because Rupert Murdoch and his media outlets want to shift the blame on arsonists rather than climate change (not my theory, just something that I read today).

I don´t really know what to make of all this.

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Outside of the Murdoch press the State fire Commissioners are saying in their press conferences that the large majority of fires are starting as a result of dry lightning storms (storm fronts with little or no rain) and ember attack from existing fires. We are not near any fires (at the moment) but there were days when the sky was dark orange and there were black burned leaves falling in our back yard. Given how dry everything is, closer to the fires, these leaves would be still alight and enough to start a new fire. This is not normal and we have not experienced this before. There are always a number of firelighters, arsonists and people breaking the laws on fire bans but they are not the main cause of the fires.

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KoolEaze said:

Yes, I am aware of firefighters committing arson, it happened in my hometown quite often until they finally caught the perpetrator but I was referring to the news of approximately 200 people who are not firefighters that have been arrested in Australia because they allegedly started some of the fires. Today I read that it´s probably fake news because Rupert Murdoch and his media outlets want to shift the blame on arsonists rather than climate change (not my theory, just something that I read today).

I don´t really know what to make of all this.

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Outside of the Murdoch press the State fire Commissioners are saying in their press conferences that the large majority of fires are starting as a result of dry lightning storms (storm fronts with little or no rain) and ember attack from existing fires. We are not near any fires (at the moment) but there were days when the sky was dark orange and there were black burned leaves falling in our back yard. Given how dry everything is, closer to the fires, these leaves would be still alight and enough to start a new fire. This is not normal and we have not experienced this before. There are always a number of firelighters, arsonists and people breaking the laws on fire bans but they are not the main cause of the fires.

Thanks for replying.

I hope you and your family stay safe and unaffected.

This is really horrible and sad. I´ve seen and witnessed huge fires in Turkey and Greece in the last couple of years and some friends almost lost their house but what your people and your country (and its animals) are going through is truly heartbreaking and on a whole different level.

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I've been in Canberra since New Years Day, and although we haven't experienced any fires, the air quality has been terrible with all the smoke from wider New South Wales. Couple that with 40 degree days, and everyone has just been stuck inside all week. Not much fun. Looking forward to going back to my home town in Brisbane next week which has been largely unaffected.

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The Miraculous Thing That Happened to This Australia Fire Victim Will Restore Your Faith

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Since September, Australia has been experiencing devastating wildfires that have killed at least 27 people, burned down more than 2,000 homes, and endangered the populations of thousands of animal and plant species. Most of the images coming out of the fires have been deeply heartbreaking, but these photos of a garden that was spared by the blaze is providing a glimmer of hope in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

Scientist Casey Kirchhoff and her husband managed to flee their home in Wingello several days before the fires arrived, taking their dogs, quails, and chickens with them.

On Sunday, Kirchhoff was informed that her home had been destroyed. "It's hard not to be sad about it but at the same time we feel really lucky that we're in a safe place, there's a lot of people doing it so much worse," Kirchhoff told The Sydney Morning Herald. "I think when we actually get up there we know it's going to be really hard."

When Kirchhoff arrived shortly thereafter to the site where her house once stood, she was stunned to see that while her home was gone, her garden largely remained. And, of course, "the glasshouse is completely unscathed," she tweeted.

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The Miraculous Thing That Happened to This Australia Fire Victim Will Restore Your Faith

Diana Bruk

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Since September, Australia has been experiencing devastating wildfires that have killed at least 27 people, burned down more than 2,000 homes, and endangered the populations of thousands of animal and plant species. Most of the images coming out of the fires have been deeply heartbreaking, but these photos of a garden that was spared by the blaze is providing a glimmer of hope in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

Scientist Casey Kirchhoff and her husband managed to flee their home in Wingello several days before the fires arrived, taking their dogs, quails, and chickens with them.

On Sunday, Kirchhoff was informed that her home had been destroyed. "It's hard not to be sad about it but at the same time we feel really lucky that we're in a safe place, there's a lot of people doing it so much worse," Kirchhoff told The Sydney Morning Herald. "I think when we actually get up there we know it's going to be really hard."

When Kirchhoff arrived shortly thereafter to the site where her house once stood, she was stunned to see that while her home was gone, her garden largely remained. And, of course, "the glasshouse is completely unscathed," she tweeted.

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The amazing thing about the Australian bush is that it can regenerate very quickly. The seeds of some plants require fires to activate. Gum and acacia trees that are not completely killed sprout new leaves and flowers very quickly (and look a little odd - black truncks and branches covered in almost a fuzz of small leaves and tiny branches

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Reply #26 posted 01/10/20 12:53pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

Good time for prayer, eh Toe?

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Prayer won't help the 27 dead people. Prayer has no demonstrable effect beyond that of the placebo kind. A good time for prayer? Nah. It's a better time for actual action, firstly cleaning the mess and then trying to sort out our systems better to prevent this sort of thing happening again. Seriously 2freaky, this isn't the time for your trolling BS.

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Reply #27 posted 01/10/20 3:36pm

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toejam said:



2freaky4church1 said:


Good time for prayer, eh Toe?



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Prayer won't help the 27 dead people. Prayer has no demonstrable effect beyond that of the placebo kind. A good time for prayer? Nah. It's a better time for actual action, firstly cleaning the mess and then trying to sort out our systems better to prevent this sort of thing happening again. Seriously 2freaky, this isn't the time for your trolling BS.




Hear hear!

2freaky. You can make donations to the fund of your choice if you want to help.
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Reply #28 posted 01/10/20 4:03pm

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Prayers and donations aren't mutually exclusive nor will either of them hurt anyone.

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Reply #29 posted 01/10/20 7:51pm

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IanRG said:

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Outside of the Murdoch press the State fire Commissioners are saying in their press conferences that the large majority of fires are starting as a result of dry lightning storms (storm fronts with little or no rain) and ember attack from existing fires. We are not near any fires (at the moment) but there were days when the sky was dark orange and there were black burned leaves falling in our back yard. Given how dry everything is, closer to the fires, these leaves would be still alight and enough to start a new fire. This is not normal and we have not experienced this before. There are always a number of firelighters, arsonists and people breaking the laws on fire bans but they are not the main cause of the fires.

Thanks for replying.

I hope you and your family stay safe and unaffected.

This is really horrible and sad. I´ve seen and witnessed huge fires in Turkey and Greece in the last couple of years and some friends almost lost their house but what your people and your country (and its animals) are going through is truly heartbreaking and on a whole different level.

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Thanks.

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We are now getting figures on arsonists:

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New South Wales: Less than 1% of the areas burnt so far (>4.9 million hectares / >12 million acres) are as a result of arsonists.

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Victoria of the ~1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) only 385 hectares or 0.03% are suspicious

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South Australia: none are suspicious

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Queenland slighly over 10% based on number of fires, not area. Arsonist fires tend to be smaller fires in bush or grassland nearer the major towns.

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Tasmania: 21,000 hectares out 35,000 hectares - By far the biggest proportion and the only state where more area has been burnt as a result of arson.

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