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as it is now in many places.
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Well, at least there is some wildlife that survived. Terrible thought that is possible the fire was started by a human, on purpose. As stupid as it sounds, I would feel better if I knew the fire was started by lightning, rather than a human. Hope the rains start soon, or something that will put the fires out. Good luck.
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Well, at least there is some wildlife that survived. Terrible thought that is possible the fire was started by a human, on purpose. As stupid as it sounds, I would feel better if I knew the fire was started by lightning, rather than a human. Hope the rains start soon, or something that will put the fires out. Good luck.
Sadly Theo, a number of the fires were started by humans on purpose.
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Looks like some of the back areas around here. The good news is that the ash seems to stimulate regrowth. Very sorry for all the people who lost so much. It has to be terrible. Thanks for the pictures and reports. I was watching a science program not long ago and it was actually a fundraiser for Australia. The continent was once attached to antarctica, but broke away and has drifted north into dry latitudes. We have fire breaks up here in our mountains so fire can burn uphill, but has to get across a bare spot on top.

One of the huge DC10 fire tankers that is working the Aussie fires, is based on an airport about 10 miles from here. It is astonishing to watch the do treetop flying in narrow canyons. When they drop their 50,000 gallons of water and fire retardant, it covers mile and keeps the fire from jumping the breaks. The drop also "pops" up, gaining altitude rapidly as they fly out of the canyons. Our mountains go up a little over 8,000 feet, so there are some really risky flying going on.
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Looks like some of the back areas around here. The good news is that the ash seems to stimulate regrowth. Very sorry for all the people who lost so much. It has to be terrible. Thanks for the pictures and reports. I was watching a science program not long ago and it was actually a fundraiser for Australia. The continent was once attached to antarctica, but broke away and has drifted north into dry latitudes. We have fire breaks up here in our mountains so fire can burn uphill, but has to get across a bare spot on top.

One of the huge DC10 fire tankers that is working the Aussie fires, is based on an airport about 10 miles from here. It is astonishing to watch the do treetop flying in narrow canyons. When they drop their 50,000 gallons of water and fire retardant, it covers mile and keeps the fire from jumping the breaks. The drop also "pops" up, gaining altitude rapidly as they fly out of the canyons. Our mountains go up a little over 8,000 feet, so there are some really risky flying going on.
And unfortunately today one of the Coulsen Hercules crashed, killing all 3 crew. So very tragic, and so very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected, even though that's of little comfort at this time.
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Read where a plant and a bird might be extinct because of the fires. Will see if I can find the article.
Harry, sad that this has happened at a very dry period in Australia.
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Wow, sorry to see that and to hear of the losses.
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And unfortunately today one of the Coulsen Hercules crashed, killing all 3 crew. So very tragic, and so very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected, even though that's of little comfort at this time.
Thatís very sad . We had the same thing happened right here . They crashed killing two ,and the worse part is the fire was caused by arsonists.

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There are 2 debates going on now as a result of the fires.

The landscape over large tracts of land is as Harry's image depicts.

1. There is no food source for the surviving fauna. Vegetables such as carrots and sweet potato are being air dropped as it is still too dangerous to enter some areas.

2. The other is , now would be a good time to have an eradication drive against feral animals such as cats, foxes etc.
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How is the camel population holding up? I read recently that they were going to eradicate 10,000 + from the wild herds. Australians have Camels we have wild horses.

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