16 February 2007

Ash Wednesday Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the Ash Wednesday bushfires, when 75 people in VIC and SA were killed. Fires again started in both states today, but nothing like the intensity of the fires on this day in 1983.

In SA, 160 Ha of Ngarkat Conservation Park was set ablaze from lightning.

Several fires have been started over VIC, ignited by lightning from the thunderstorms which have occured there over the past 2 days. As of tonight, one of these fires is threatening the community of Yarra Junction, east of Melbourne, with embers expected overnight. DSE reports lightning started 40 fires in VIC today. More storms are expected tomorrow afternon.

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