Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia

13 February 2009

The threat of new fires in Victoria remains high, despite the mild conditions and light winds that continue to assist fire fighters.

About 4200 firefighters tackled deadly bushfires around Victoria today, which have so far killed at least 181 people.

The bushfires have burned through 413,000 hectares and destroyed at least 1,834 homes since Saturday.

Six main fires are still burning uncontrolled, including blazes at Kinglake, Yea-Murrindindi, Maroondah-Yarra, Bunyip, Churchill and Beechworth-Murmungee.

Overview maps on fire locations:

AQUA satellite image of 13 February 2009
Source: MODIS

State Summary Overview of 13 February 2009, 0500 hrs

Overview of fires burning in Australia on 13 February 2009.
Source: Geoscience Australia “Sentinel” (

The current situation in Australia is covered by a number of detailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):

Further Information on the Fire Situation in Australia:

SA Country Fire Service  NSW Rural Fire Service Near-Real Time Wildland Fire Monitoring  Current weather situation, forecasts, fireweather Further Information Australian and New Zealand links Background information Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics

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