Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia

9 February 2009

Victoria has witnessed this country’s greatest natural disaster. Worse than Black Friday. Worse than Ash Wednesday. That is the grim sum of a catastrophe that already exceeds all others — and which threatens to grow worse.

The towns of Kinglake and Marysville have been wiped out and around the state more people have died than in any previous natural catastrophe.


Satellite images showing extremely intensive wildfires burning in NE of Melbourne, Victoria, on 7 February 2009:

Source: MODIS

This NOAA-15 satellite image shows the convective activity of the Victoria wildfire, similar to the MODIS scene (left)


Overview maps on fire locations and incident status:

State Summary Overview of 9 February 2009, 0130 hrs

Beechworth Complex Media Map, 9 February 2009

Kinglake Complex Media Map, 9 February 2009


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

Video coverage of the Australia fires of February 2009:

Further Information on the Fire Situation in Australia:

SA Country 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


Australia´s fire seasons




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