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Victoria Recognizing Second Anniversary of Black Saturday

Many communities will put on simple barbecues and beers in ceremonies to remember the 173 people killed in the fires on February 7, 2009 and to reflect on the two years of recovery so far and the prospects for the future.

Wildfire Report From Michael Archer's Excellent Blog

Michael’s “Firebomber Publications Blog” is a must add to your blogroll.

Firefighter is Victim 200 In Oz Bushfires

Firefighter David Balfour was killed by a falling tree near burned out Marysville yesterday. Firefighter Balfour was a member of the ACT Fire Brigade on assignment from neighboring Canberra. Story here and supporting video, here.

"This was just so far off the scale of anything"

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The tragic story of Marysville, Victoria State, Australia as fire struck the town. This is a chilling story. Image Weekly Times Now

Map Of Victoria Fires

Mashable points us to a Google Maps workup of the Victoria Fires. Click here for the code.

Deaths From Aussie Fires May Reach 230

Shocking numbers from The Australian. As Firefighters enter burned out areas they are cautioned against what may turn out to be an unprecedented loss of life by fire. Flickr images from Vic Fires here. Google Map of fire areas and EMS links here. Update: Deaths from bushfires now at 166 says The Australian.

Death Toll Approaches 100 In Australia Wildfires

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The death toll from bushfires in Victoria State have eclipsed all time National marks as authorities find more victims. Four children are among the dead. As well more than 700 homes and likely as many outbuildings have burned. Thousands of livestock have been overrun devastating the lively hood of many ranchers in the region. NZ […]

Australia Bushfire Deathtoll At 14 "Worst Day Ever"

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South Australia bushfires have killed 14 people so far in what Victoria Premiere John Brumby describes as “Our worst day in history”. Video from Victoria State visually describes the destruction as record temperatures combined with strong dry winds fan flames. The CFA has issued severe alerts for no less that a dozen towns in the […]

U.S. Firefighters Lend Hand Down Under

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Bushfires ‘unprecedented’ “The bushfires in Australia’s state of Victoria have been described by the local Emergency Services Commissioner as unprecedented. The crisis caused a major power crisis in the state on Tuesday. But the worst of the bushfire season could be yet to come.” Radio Australia Amid that tone some 100 U.S. firefighters packed their […]