Re-opening today, but keeping to the bushfire theme

13 Feb

There are so many places where amazing stories are being told about the past week in Victoria. I will keep that extra feed on the side a little longer; there you see what people on have been writing about it. On my own Google Reader feed I have been selecting only those items relevant to the bushfires, but tomorrow this afternoon I will begin catching up* on some of the notable entries which have thereby been put on hold. "Normal" entries will also resume here.

Tonight on ABC there is a special program in the Stateline 7.30 time slot. Meanwhile see the ABC coverage.

There was a telethon last night on Channel Nine. (The YouTube extract I had has been taken down by YouTube.)


Naturally there has been much discussion about causes, and some have been throwing blame around rather prematurely. I could link to such things but won’t. Some of the discussion has raised fair points, while the prize for insanity must go to the goose on YouTube who blames Arab terrorists. That, I think, even eclipses Pastor Nalliah’s biblical errors. People like Miranda Devine have been predictable; in fact quite a few have been ridden by their hobbyhorses – and that even applies to some whose hobbyhorses I may happen to share.

Whatever, anyone looking for a single explanation will be sadly disappointed. Quite obviously a whole set of circumstances have combined to make these fires particularly horrendous.  Some of those circumstances will prove reasonably easy to correct for the future, some won’t. We should all keep an open mind until the current phase of discussion has worked itself through.

* Pretty much done, though you missed some… From here on I will add what takes my fancy from my stock of blogs.



3 responses to “Re-opening today, but keeping to the bushfire theme

  1. Neil

    February 13, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Do read Debunking Miranda Devine’s Rubbish on the Bushfires.

    …The notion that fuel has built up because of “green ideology” is absurd. The fact is that the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and other bodies responsible for managing the fire threat on public lands have been systematically under funded for a decade.

    Fuel has built up in state forests. I know, my family owns a farm that backs onto a state forest in North East Victoria. That state forest burnt, so did our “back paddock”, a fire break was eventually cut half way through our farm.

    The DSE fails to achieve it’s own quota of prescribed burns, not because of the presence of all controlling Greens, but because of a lack of resources. In 2003 when fires started in the Bogong National Park, the initial response of the DSE was to let the fires burn. It turned out to be a horrible mistake, but the DSE was so stretched in it’s ability to burn off that any attempt to reduce fuel seemed too good to pass up.

    The DSE is under funded. But the notion that it is the Green movement that underfunded the DSE is absurd…

  2. kanani

    February 14, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Over the next few months, no doubt the finger pointing shall begin. It happened here.
    This week, there was a wildfire meeting in the town next door. The fire authority has been evaluating a “stay or go” policy much like the one in Australia. But as of the other night, they decided not to implement it. Instead, we’ll have “CERT’s” or community emergency response teams in the neighborhoods that will be responsible for teaching neighbors about fire prevention, evacuation procedures and also (I suspect) a bit of fire fighting. But FYI…in our last round of fires several people did stay despite the “mandatory” evacs. The police didn’t arrest them, because frankly, they didn’t have the time.

    I’ll take a guess that in Victoria, the winds were so quick they spread at an astonishing speed. Even those who wanted to get out probably couldn’t.

  3. Neil

    February 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I guess everyone is trying to explain…

    Bruce in South Australia has a good post on this, where he says “Bushfires and recrimination seems to be a stronger tradition than the association of love and marriage. The two never seem apart.”

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