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Just heard from a dear friend in Oz. Her family made it out of the fires OK, but she's off to take care of her closest friends who just lost FIVE of their family, including children, to the flames. Sad

Prayers, good thoughts, and positive vibes towards those in the thick of it, please. Angel
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glad your friend is ok, gp.  sorry to hear about hers though Sad
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Death toll is up to 166 this morning.  Cry  They're still sifting through burnt out houses though.
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A lot like the California wild fires it seems...... Good wiil to all those living thru this..........
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A lot like the California wild fires it seems...... Good wiil to all those living thru this..........
We've been swapping fire fighters with CA for last three years in South OZ but so far not needed help this year.

Victoria has copped it big time though,, maniac fire starters look like being the cause of many of them.. 
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Death toll is up to 166 this morning.  Cry  They're still sifting through burnt out houses though.

We're up to 181 at last count with still a LOT of ground/rubble to search through.  Cry
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Not to downplay all the human lives lost, but let us not forget all the animals that died too............
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Yes ... fire fighters do get hungry when they work  Roll Eyes

Seriously though, it's no way to go for man nor beast.  Sad  I haven't seen any count of the amount of stock (for example) that's been lost, let alone native animals.  The numbers will likely be staggering.
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I'm still having nightmares about the family where the kids had to sit and listen to their kitties roast alive outside the door because there wasn't space/time to get them into where they were hiding - was in one of the newspaper reports Cry
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I heard that the animals numbers will be in the millions................
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Well there's been nothing on the local news about animal numbers, but you could well be right.
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I think that most wild animals have premonition of an accident. And they had run far away from fire. I hope. Thinking

just my 2 cents/pennies/etc   Roll Eyes
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Normally that's pretty true.  In this case there weren't just fires, there were fire storms.  Huge fireballs that engulfed houses faster than people could get out.  You could liken it to getting dropped into a blast furnace.  That's on top of the literal rain of burning embers up to 15km from the actual fire.  Effectively, if you waited till you knew there was a fire, it had probably already jumped and surrounded you.
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Thanks DA.  Thumbs Up

In Finland we don't have such fires like you there. So I don't have any clue thing.
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Well there's been nothing on the local news about animal numbers, but you could well be right.
They had something on the local news but I missed it.........
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Thanks DA.  Thumbs Up

In Finland we don't have such fires like you there. So I don't have any clue thing.

Pray you never do get them.

Australia is a combustible country.  Many of our native plants actually REQUIRE fire for them to breed and the animals typically aren't affected (burrow underground, move fast or live high enough to survive the grass fires) but the "normal" fires are, or used to be, low level scrub fires that stayed at ground level.  They weren't super hot and didn't travel very fast.  These firestorms are new.  The land is drier than ever before, the winds are worse and we're getting more extremely hot days than in the past.  The combination ... well you can see the results.
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They blame everything on Global warming.............
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Some things actually ARE getting worse because of it. 
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The planet will get tired of us messing things up and clean itself before too much longer..

Global warming = rise in sea levels= desalination=stopped currents=ice age= lottsa dead people, then polar shift will off the rest of 'em.
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Then the planet will finish with a cosmic belch and a volcanic fart and start over again without 99.99999% of those nasty little humans.
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Then the planet will finish with a cosmic belch and a volcanic fart and start over again without 99.99999% of those nasty little humans.

The planet will probably breath a sigh of relief after what we've done to it.

I watched an interesting documentatry on the History channel a couple of weeks ago called "life after people". It turns out that despite us making what we think of as a permanent mark on this planet, building structures out of concrete, iron etc, these things are very fragile without correct maintenance. Also, it's amazing how much effort we put into keeping wild plants and animals out of our towns and cities - These would soon be overrun.

It turns out that within a thousand years of our disappearance from this planet, there will be very little left to show we ever existed. The only exeptions will possibly be very large concrete structures such as the Hoover Dam (which would eventually collapse, perhaps a few thousand years later) and anything carved from rock such as Mount Rushmore - which may even be gazed upon with the eyes of those who are to follow us. Even the Pyramids and Sphynx at Giza will eventually be consumed by the desert. It's quite sobering.
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Well, while the death count hasn't changed there is some news.  A guy has been caught, charged and is facing court this week for lighting one of the fires that killed 21 people.  The charges, which include lighting a bushfire, murder and child porn ... seriously I'm voting to bring back capitol punishment for this one.  Either that or just weld his cell door shut.

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