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Old 02-08-2009, 07:25 AM
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I don't know if this made it onto your news but it certainly has dominated ours.
At present, fueled by temps well above 100 F and high winds, widespread bushfires (forest fires) in the state of Victoria have destroyed 70,000 hectares of land and taken at least 84 lives.
Many small towns have been simply wiped off the map and at least 700 homes have been destroyed in 24 hours of horrific fires.
Many people trying to flee were caught on the road as the gale force winds blew huge burning ashes onto their cars.
Most were lucky and made it through.
Others were not and died in their cars as the fire, moving at up to 60mph engulfed their cars.
And the prediction is that the body count could rise as high as 100 by the end.
So many townships and villages are still cut off by fire and authorities fear what they will find when they finally are able to reach them.
One man interviewed said it had been a "Hard day".
All he had was the clothes he was wearing.
His car and house were gone.
But he said at least he and his wife were safe; some of their friends had lost 2 young children.
So spare a prayer for those people.
Record low temperatures seem ok about now.
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