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By the news, it's real bad.

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HI Dave

It's a strange place, one side is on fire and the other side is under water,not to say anything about the animals that lay eggs, I can almost see Harry running around in the back yard looking for the water hose and looking for his boots/boat ...at the same time looking for his gun to shoot the crocodiles

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7174377.stm
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...efer=australia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7868854.stm

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My AUS friend was just telling me about this, they sound so horrible...

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These fires sound horrendous. It seems to me that Harry, TemplateTom and thebigO are safe, but we also have members in easter Australia and we are concerned for them. Malb is one.

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These fires and also flooding both on the Eastern states are horrendous. I have a son with his family in Northern Queensland (Townsville) who are going through some very wet times. And then we have others in the southern Eastern states going through the worst fires for a number of years with the fires burning out of control in many areas. Luckily we are OK here in the west for now, but hot weather is forecast for the coming week.
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Thanks guys for your thoughts, Melbourne is about 3500 kilometres from Perth. The latest death toll is 66 confirmed and rising and a very large number of houses have been obliterated. The worst aspect is that the fires were almost certainly started by fire bugs.
This certainly is a country of contrasts, about 3000 kilometres from Melbourne is Queensland which is under many feet of water. Fortunately we settled in beautiful Western Australia and in 44 years here haven't encountered any dramatic problems except when in the winter the temperature sometimes drops to about 35* F during the night!

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My prayers are with you down under. Just read, latest toll, 84.


This is from the AP...

HEALESVILLE, Australia A government official says the death toll from Australia's worst wildfire disaster has risen to 108.
Authorities counted more victims overnight Monday as they reached further into a huge zone scorched by blazes that ripped across Victoria state at the weekend.
At least 700 homes had been destroyed in the fires that in some cases have razed entire towns.
State Department of Sustainability and Environment spokesman Geoff Russell said Monday that 108 deaths had been confirmed.
Australia's previous deadliest fires were in 1983, when blazes killed 75 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in Victoria and South Australia.

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Yes, terrible stuff. I'm praying for all our upside-down friends who might be in the path of either fire or water.

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Still bad fires in Victoria, a firefighter killed by a falling tree...floods in Queensland.

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