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Old 02-07-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Australia has been in Canadian news a lot lately...

Australian bushfires destroy at least 59 homes - The Weather Network

Was anyone here nearby the recent fires?

Reminds me,
I'm curious if Tasmania is immune to severe summer weather; no flooding or major bushfires?
Lack of severe summer weather I could see being a great reason to have a vacation property there.
Tasmania and South Australia seem to be the only places in Australia having a fairly average summer.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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South Australia can get very hot in summer. I believe it is the driest state.

I heard the city had some smog over it yesterday ...
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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This summer in Tasmania has been very ordinary, it can get very warm here as we have found out but not the extremes like the rest of Australia. Having said that Tasmania is prone to bush fires the area i live in was destroyed during the 60's, in the 80's there was a huge fire, Hobart was surrounded by it. Winters are very cold lot of heavy frosts in the South and always snow on Mt. Wellington and other ranges.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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South Australia can get very hot in summer. I believe it is the driest state.

I heard the city had some smog over it yesterday ...
By comparison, that just sounds like minor comfort and health-related issues, not "Natural Disasters."

Pardon my ignorance, but can heat waves themselves in Australia cause extensive damage?

Canada gets plenty of winter days with temperatures that most people resent,
but we usually don't get damage from weather in the Toronto area.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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This summer in Tasmania has been very ordinary, it can get very warm here as we have found out but not the extremes like the rest of Australia. Having said that Tasmania is prone to bush fires the area i live in was destroyed during the 60's, in the 80's there was a huge fire, Hobart was surrounded by it. Winters are very cold lot of heavy frosts in the South and always snow on Mt. Wellington and other ranges.
So the bush fire risk is just as high in Tasmania?

Some things I like about Hobart is it gets more sunshine than Melbourne (impressive, considering Hobart's latitude) and the latest summer sunsets in Australia.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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These bushfires were apparently started by someone using an angle-grinder, against the rules, in dry, tinderbox conditions made worse by too much forest floor fuel being present. Not enough burn-offs because people want to live the whole bush experience without respecting nature and its devastating power. Australia has been burning for millenia. Also some councils put in stupid, dangerous rules restricting clearing.

Just like the Victoria bushfires - started by arsonists, made much worse by the same sort of people in denial, refusing to get rid of dangerous underbrush. It's "Green" apparently to leave that sh** there.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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People who start fires.... seriously something wrong.

You'd have hoped the rest of the country would have learnt the lessons of Victoria.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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People who start fires.... seriously something wrong.

You'd have hoped the rest of the country would have learnt the lessons of Victoria.
I know, I just don't understand arsonists, especially in this country. I think 95% of bushfires are reported as started by arsonists. What sort of sicko wakes up one morning and decides to wreak such devastation and heartache on hundreds, thousands of people and animals?

No, doesn't seem we learn lessons from the past. Much easier to proclaim it's all caused by Climate Change and insist taxes will fix it all, including cyclones, droughts and floods.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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So the bush fire risk is just as high in Tasmania?

Some things I like about Hobart is it gets more sunshine than Melbourne (impressive, considering Hobart's latitude) and the latest summer sunsets in Australia.
True, we do get more sunshine than Melbourne especially throughout the winter. Bushfires do happen quite frequently in Tasmania but they are usually in forest areas. The east coast experienced some very severe bushfires 2 yrs ago a lot of property was destroyed.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:08 AM
 
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These bushfires were apparently started by someone using an angle-grinder, against the rules, in dry, tinderbox conditions made worse by too much forest floor fuel being present. Not enough burn-offs because people want to live the whole bush experience without respecting nature and its devastating power. Australia has been burning for millenia. Also some councils put in stupid, dangerous rules restricting clearing.

Just like the Victoria bushfires - started by arsonists, made much worse by the same sort of people in denial, refusing to get rid of dangerous underbrush. It's "Green" apparently to leave that sh** there.
Do you know the location of this fire? I'd like to look it up.

I've seen pictures of professionals trained for "prescribed-burns" in the USA, where they'd have a small torch and only make flames about ankle-to-knee-high, to burn out excess fuel. Perhaps bush-communities in fire-risk areas should include that into their plans. If you can time the burn so many days after "x" amount of rain, have a well-thought out burn-plan and proper equipment, the risk to homeowners should be near-zero. (aside from a bit of smoke)
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