Australia fires

Australia fire

I lived in southern California for a number of years and witnessed some horrific fires. But never anything like what Australia is experiencing now. Yes, the flames really can move so fast you can’t even outrun them in a moving car.

During one Los Angeles fire, the pilots made water drops at night. This was incredibly risky and had never been done before. But they had to stop the flames from cresting the other side of Topanga Canyon. And they did.

And they will stop them in Australia too.

  • Dave Riley

    And they will stop them in Australia too.

    No they won’t. And they haven’t.The fires will subside when they run out of fuel/wind/and the temperature drops. These fires are unstoppable.

    So far there’s been 131 deaths with more likely and that’s not considering the deaths from polluted air among asthmatics and old people from dehydration in the searing heat — regardless of the fires.

    Katherine Bradsteet has a great article
    . I grew up in Victoria and know these burnt out towns very well indeed.

    It is all quite amazing. Australia burns every year but never like this. Melbourne experienced electricity meltdown through air conditioning demands on the grid. And in the fires, corrugated iron was melted. Melted! Iron watertanks full of water simply melted!

    The good news is the highly successful climate convergence last weekend:report here.

    And here’s another element in the mix. Recent research here suggests that as forests replenish their growth after fires burn out, they soak up 20-30% more of the available water in the forest reducing run off in that watershed by that factor — and they impose that demand for up to 20 years. So with the droughts (indepent of this factor) the water usage for farms downstream are denied the water by the ecology of regrowth.

    Victoria is in long term chronic water crisis and there is a war over water access as farming is being denied water to water the city..

  • Australia Wild Fires “Reconnecting Families and Individuals”
    For Immediate Release:
    Washington, DC USA
    Monday, February 09, 2009

    NOKR is asking anyone that may have a missing or potentially injured family member due to the fire situation in Australia to register this person with the Next of Kin Registry.
    Register at:

    Registered contact information will be passed on to area emergency officials responding to this disaster.

    The NOKR organization has initiated contact with the Australian Prime Minister’s office to offer any assistance possible to help reunify individuals and families displaced by these tragic fires.

    About NOKR:

    The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters. NOKR is an emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR provides the public a free proactive service to store emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies. Stored information is only accessible via a secure area that is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies that have registered with NOKR.

    NOKR encourages every township, county, municipality, city, state and nation to take ownership of the NOKR. This resource belongs to you, your citizens and to your emergency agencies. Take the NOKR registration forms and add your own identifying symbols.

    NOKR is a humanitarian organization. As part of our mission to society NOKR has created a trusted safeguarding system for all personal emergency contacts worldwide. NOKR does not own the information we store, this information belongs to the registrants and is made available securely to registered emergency agencies during times of urgent need.

    NOKR is a non-partisan; non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.

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