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Yesterday the fires came very close to my house which is situated a few hundred metres from the national park. The article below is from one of Melbourne's newspapers:

FIRE investigators last night were examining the scene of a Dandenong Ranges fire which threatened several towns.
The fire started suspiciously in bushland surrounding tourist steam railway Puffing Billy.

Fire investigators believe it may be the second deliberately lit fire in the area.

The fire was brought under control within two hours after breaking out about 5pm yesterday, but not before causing distress for residents at Belgrave, Kallista, Ferny Creek, Sherbrooke and Tecoma who were warned their properties could be attacked by windborne embers.
The blaze started at Belgrave near a walking track and burned more than 5ha in the Dandenong National Park.

It was fought by four waterbombing helicopters and 22 trucks.

The fire burned north through the park from a point near Terrys Ave and Sandells Rd at Tecoma, a Country Fire Authority spokesman said.

The investigation will also examine a fire that started in the same bushland area two days ago, which has raised the anger of residents.

Kevin Higgs stayed to protect his home, but his wife, Beth Davis, and baby Bobby, seven months, left as soon as the fire began in bushland on the other side of Terrys Ave.

‘‘You have to be a fool not to think it has been deliberately started and if that is true it’s sad,’’ he said.

‘‘Without these (CFA) guys all these houses would be gone.

I can’t thank them enough.’’

I have left out the last bit of the report where a local person expressed a desire for retribution. An arsonist who started a large fire on Black Saturday has been arrested and his picture and address have circulated on Facebook, causing many to express their desire to burn him alive. Such is the mood in the state at present as fires are starting all over the place. It has not rained for weeks, the temperatures are high and the trees and grasses are tinder dry- just the sort of invitation for the lunatics and misfits to cause a disaster.
I experience the panic myself yesterday as I live near the intersection mentioned in the above article. We decided to leave our home, but what do you take with you when you have minutes within which you are to leave?

Our CFA firefighters have put out this fire and are valiantly fighting large fires around the state. We are comforted by and thankful for their presence.


Country Fire Authority, or CFA, is the name of the fire service that provides firefighting and other emergency services to all of the country areas and regional townships within the state of Victoria, Australia, as well as large portions of the outer suburban areas and growth corridors of Melbourne not covered by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. In the event of a life threatening emergency the CFA can be called by dialing 000.
CFA operates under the Country Fire Authority Act of 1958, its amendments and Regulations. This legislation was brought about by significant bushfires during the period 1939-1944 which killed 114 people and destroyed nearly 1400 homes while also damaging large areas of the state and destroying significant amounts of stock. Subsequent investigations showed the lack of a cohesive firefighting agency outside the central metropolitan area and CFA was born on 2nd April 1945. Many of its brigades however were established in the 1800s or early in the 20th century.
CFA is one of the world's largest volunteer based firefighting organisations. It services more than 150,000 square kilometres and 2.8 million people, and currently has approximately 58,000 active volunteers with almost 500 career firefighters and 700 career support staff.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3572 W: 114 N: 6364] (28748)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-02-15
  • Categories: Naturaleza
  • Exposición: f/5.6, 1/80 segundos
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  • Date Submitted: 2009-02-15 22:00
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