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08 February 2009 @ 07:22 pm
Putting my fannish woes in perspective, my state has just suffered/is suffering the most devastating bushfires in its history. There are at least 65 dead, and the toll will rise. 700 homes are lost and the number will increase. Among the lost townships, are:
- Marysville, a beautiful, idyllic mountain village I used to holiday in as a child--95% of the town is burnt to the ground
- Kinglake/Wandong, an area I drove through two weeks ago to go berry picking--burnt out cars litter the Kinglake road, including a four-car collision
- the Yarra Valley, where acres of vineyards have been lost
- the outer suburbs of Melbourne also got hit with some fires sweeping so fast that people had no time to get out.

There are some horrific stories coming out of these places, and the fires are still raging. What triggered this? A day of hell with the temperature rising to 46 degrees, the hottest in our history, with winds gusting at 70km an hour, no humidity to speak of. With air that dry and winds that fast, and then the winds changing rapidly, these were always going to be tinderbox conditions.

There is little left to say except that I hope we do not see a day like this again in my lifetime. But with global warming, the chances are we will.
Current Location: sofa of disbelief
Current Mood: sadsad
~*~: marvel: ult spider-man: GWEN MJ caringisilweth on February 9th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
How horrific! *HUGS* You're in my thoughts.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on February 9th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
Thank you--please think of those who have relatives lost in the fires, it is they who have suffered.
Cosette: Kara Notioncosetteferaud on February 9th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'm so sorry to hear that... it is horrible. This kind of tragedies put things in perspective... I hope you, your family and friends are OK.

Alexandra Leavingalexandral on February 9th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Our good thoughts with everyone in Australia! Please keep safe!
deaver: Sadnessdeaver on February 9th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
The news stories I'm hearing from there sound awful but your description just make it more real (and therefore even MORE awful.) I hope you and your family and friends are all safe and that the weather starts to improve soon!
shadowplays are figments of their own imaginations: the mountains rose up to the skyciaan on February 9th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)