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Australians take shelter from intense bushfires

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By Colin Packham and Jonathan Barrett

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You know something is very, very wrong when coastal sub tropical rain forests burn. 

In the sclerophyll forests in the hinterland and interior, there has been no rain for months, there is no water to fight fires and fires so hot that nothing survives.

It is not even summer yet and you have 37C temps. You know this is only the beginning.

It is going to be a long hot summer.

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Stay safe Aussie friends

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All these huge blazes around the globe.  Deliberately started?

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@CrazyJoe - Thanks for intelligent commentary there, spot on as far as I can see. I'm amazed that some folks have downvoted what you said. Must be Morrison supporters, haha!

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I am amazed that dry moats are not the norm by now in such places. How much time and money would it take to rent a digger and dig a trench around your home and just pile the dirt up in a berm?

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I am amazed that dry moats are not the norm by now in such places. How much time and money would it take to rent a digger and dig a trench around your home and just pile the dirt up in a berm?

Perhaps you do not fully appreciate the heat and intensity of Australian bush fires.  Gum trees get so hot that they explode 50 meters before the flames reach them (as do wooden houses).  These fires create their own lightening.  Nothing escapes the heat and the flames.  Nothing short of a nuclear bunker would save you if you are caught up in a bush fire.  I've just come back from a driving holiday in South Australia.  In every little town you pass through you see these blue and white signs with the message "Bush Fire Last Resort Refuge".  Normally a cricket field or race track.  Sobering stuff I can tell you.

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SimondB:

Dead right my friend. Not to mention ember attack, burning embers carried hundreds of metres ahead of the fire and raining down on houses causing spot fires. You can dig as many ditches as you like, it's not going to stop a eucalypt bushfire in full flame.

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