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Tasmanian Bushfires

2013 January 8

Looks like Colorado.

More than 100 people are missing in catastrophic bushfires that are ravaging the Australian island of Tasmania.

Some 1,000 people were rescued by boat from the east coast after fires cut off roads, but police say they hold ‘grave fears’ for a number of residents who stayed to defend their homes but have not been heard from.

It comes amid the hottest temperatures ever recorded on the island, peaking at 41.8C (107F) on Friday.

As fires continued to burn yesterday, police and rescue experts began the grim search for bodies in the worst-hit towns of Boomer Bay, where 65 properties were lost, and Dunalley, both in the south-east of the island.

More pics at Daily Mail UK: Tasmania-bushfires-Grave-fears-stayed-defend-homes

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Jeff Spross @ Climate Progress has more background and details.
‘Sprawling Heat Wave Of Historical Proportions’ Brings ‘Horrendous’ Wildfires To Australia

Joe Romm @ Climate Progress
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Jeff Masters @ Wunderground
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  1. 2013 January 8 at 4:51 pm

    Fortunately in Dunalley and Boomer Bay most people live close to a waterfront, and seem to have been able to escape. It’s likely to be a bad summer here, though. We’ve had two La Nina years with lots of vegetation growth, and now it’s been drying out and the heat is rising. The next month will be dangerous.

    ps – your map of Tasmania is a bit stretchy.

  2. 2013 January 8 at 6:59 pm

    Yeah, we have the same kind of dynamics here. Wet springs and dry summers lead to brush fires. But extended droughts feed the forest fires.

    I read a comment elsewhere that indicated that most of the missing have been accounted for. Alive, thankfully.

    A bit stretchy? Or a bit sketchy? 😆

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