Detailed Map of Australia – Nations Online Project nationsonline.org
“..Australia is all in one, a country, a big island, and the smallest continent. With an area of 7,617,930 km² it is slightly smaller than continental USA (without Alaska), it is the sixth largest country in the world with only about 23.8 million inhabitants (in 2015)…”
Map of Australia – Lonely Planet lonelyplanet.com
Bush Fires of the summer of 2019
MyFireWatch – Bushfire map information Australia myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au
How big are the fires burning in eastern Australia? Interactive map
The scale of this season’s bushfires can be hard to grasp. This interactive map shows the total area burned in four states, overlaid on different capital cities
Nick Evershed and Andy Ball Sun 29 Dec 2019 22.24 EST theguardian.com
“..This season’s bushfires in eastern Australia have killed nine people and destroyed more than 900 homes in New South Wales, the state worst affected so far…”
KILLER INFERNO Australia fires map: Where are the fires in Australia?
Aletha Adu 31 Dec 2019, 17:55Updated: 31 Dec 2019, 20:48 thesun.co.uk
Police: Australian wildfires were deliberate
198 views•Jan 8, 2020
Australia’s nightmarish ongoing wildfires have burned more than 32,000 square miles. Police are now reporting the arrests of arsonists who they stay started or contributed to the fires, in some cases deliberately. The horrific fires have caused the deaths of at least 24 people and as many as a billion animals. RT America’s Rachel Blevins reports for News.Views.Hughes.
Aussie Fires ARE Caused by Man — It’s Called Arson and Green Policy
Written by Selwyn Duke
“…Nonetheless, the incident has reminded some that “jihadis have identified setting fires as a tool of jihad,” as Jihad Watch proprietor Robert Spencer points out, reprinting two headlines supporting his case:
“‘Unleash Hell’: New Al Qaeda magazine describes in detail how to start huge forest fires across the U.S. with instructions on how to make ‘ember bombs.’” — Daily Mail, May 3, 2012
“ISIS-linked media: California fires are retribution for Syria,” Preston Business Review, November 15, 2018..”
Australia: Muslim teen laughs after appearing in court for setting grass fire jihadwatch.org
Minnesota firefighters help to battle devastating Australia fires Author: Emily Haavik
Published: 3:25 PM CST January 6, 2020 kare11.com
The fires have burned more than 12 million acres in Australia.
“Two Minnesota firefighters have traveled to Australia to help fight the raging wildfires, and more could follow.
The wildland firefighters were asked to lend a hand by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), based in Boise, Idaho. Requests like this for international support go through NIFC. ..”
Hundreds arrested for deliberately starting catastrophic Australian bushfires
Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-07 11:33:38|Editor: yhy xinhuanet.com
“…CANBERRA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of Australians have been arrested for allegedly deliberately lighting Australian bushfires in only a matter of months.
Australia is currently enduring one of the worst bushfire crises in the nation’s history, with at least 25 people having been killed since September.
The Australian reported on Tuesday that 183 people have been arrested for lighting bushfires in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
In NSW alone 183 people have been charged or cautioned for bushfire-related offences since November, with 24 arrested for deliberately starting bushfires. While in Victoria 43 were charged in 2019…
In Queensland, where the fires were worst in November, 101 people have been arrested for deliberately starting fires, almost 70 percent of whom were juveniles.
According to James Ogloff, the director of the Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University, approximately 50 percent of Australia’s bushfires are started by arsonists.
Flames rip through towns, fears death toll will rise as bushfires rage on | ABC News
67,121 views•Dec 31, 2019
ABC News (Australia)
As the year, and the decade, come to an end, the country is burning.
It’s been labelled the “worst fire season ever” recorded – an “apocalypse”, a “nightmare”, like looking into the “gates of hell”.
From the New South Wales/Victoria border, all the way to the Central Coast, nine blazes reached emergency warning level today.
Thousands told to jump into the ocean as Australia’s raging fires approached BY AMANDA YEO
23 HOURS AGO (12.31.19) mashable.com
“…That black sky soon gave way to a blazing, eerie orange as the flames approached. At least 4,000 people were told to jump into the ocean if the worse came to pass. Gas cylinders could be heard popping like fireworks as they exploded.
The town of Mallacoota looked apocalyptic on Tuesday local time as it became the latest victim of Australia’s out-of-control bushfires…
“At that point, I was praying. I was an atheist. I was praying to God, praying to Jesus, turn the wind,” David Geoffrey, owner of Mallacoota’s Wave Oasis bed and breakfast, told Australia’s ABC News. ..”
*see Famous Phrases: There Are No Atheist in Foxholes goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
Residents trapped on beach as Australian wildfire rages
Dec 30th 2019
Australia fires: Fires worsen as every Australian state hits 40C – BBC News
Dec 29th 2019
NSW faces second catastrophic fire danger warning | ABC News
91,161 views•Dec 21, 2019
ABC News (Australia)
A state of emergency remains in place as NSW is hit with scorching temperatures and thousands of firefighters are deployed amid catastrophic fire conditions across the state.
Five homes have been destroyed in the Lithgow area, and one person is unaccounted for.
Bushfires Are Raging Outside Every Major City in Australia. They’re Only Going to Get Worse BY AMY GUNIA
DECEMBER 20, 2019 time.com
Ring of fire surrounds NSW | Nine News Australia
136,176 views•Dec 5, 2019
Nine News Australia
NSW on edge as dangerous fire conditions continue | ABC News
148,130 views•Nov 12, 2019
ABC News (Australia)
Thousands of firefighters across NSW and Queensland have been working around the clock to protect homes and save lives from bushfires.
With weather conditions forecast to deteriorate and winds expected to kick up, emergency crews and authorities are urging people to remain on high alert.
I lost my home to bushfire. Thoughts and prayers are not enough
The Conversation By Janet Stanley
Updated 12 Nov 2019, 7:00am abc.net.au
“..I lost my home in Victoria’s 1983 Macedon bushfires. I know sympathy and financial assistance for those in the midst of the crisis is important. However, when political leaders such as Prime Minister Scott Morrison offer their “thoughts and prayers”, it’s hard to read this as anything but disingenuous.
Scientists and meteorologists have for years warned of more frequent and extreme bushfires as climate change worsens. Their messages have been met by policy inertia. Nationals leader Michael McCormack on Monday went so far as to dismiss those who link bushfires to global warming as “raving inner-city lunatics”…
The World Meteorological Organisation said in February that the four years to 2018 were the hottest on record, in a clear sign of climate change “associated with record atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”.
Bushfires are not directly attributable to climate change. However, the fast-warming climate is making bushfires more frequent and intense…
In Australia, weekly bushfire frequencies increased by 40 per cent in the five years to 2016, particularly during summer months, suggesting a serious climatic shift.
The northern hemisphere is also suffering. Research released earlier this year found that California’s annual wildfire extent had increased fivefold since the 1970s. This was very likely driven by drying forest fuels under human‐induced warming.
The mountain of irrefutable evidence linking global warming to bushfires makes the Federal Government’s failure to act — or even talk about the problem — extremely hard to explain. Of course, worsening bushfires are not the only signal that climate change has arrived…
*see Neutral Perspective: Climate Change is “real” and “not real? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
A call to prayer for those affected by bushfires
ETERNITY NEWS STAFF WRITERS | NOVEMBER 12TH, 2019 09:27 AM | Comment Icon eternitynews.com.au
“…Simon Hansford, moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and ACT shared this prayer:
God of life and death,
our prayers today are where our hearts and minds
have been during these last days
and where they have been drawn so early in this season;
with those communities and individuals
whose lives have been damaged
in differing ways by the bushfires…
Pray for Australia || Pray for Rain
Fight Fires With Prayer blog.canberradeclaration.org.au
“..One miracle that has gained national attention took place in eastern Victoria. On New Year’s Eve, 4,000 people were evacuated from the township of Mallacoota to the beach and lakeside. David, a local bed-and-breakfast owner, told this story to ABC radio:
“I was praying. I was an atheist. I was praying to God, praying to Jesus, turn the wind. You wouldn’t believe it—but I’m going to tell you the honest-to-God truth. It pushed this thing back against itself.
“Literally we felt the wind come from off the beach, it shouldn’t have, but it did, but it went back at it. I don’t care if anyone else doesn’t recognise it. It was unbelievable… I believe [it was] God’s intervention, absolutely, through prayer…”..”
Rain brings relief to scorched parts of Australia
“Milder temperatures on Sunday brought some relief to areas of Australia affected by wildfires. But that’s only temporary, with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison warning that there was still “months to go” until the end of bushfire season. The number of those killed by wild-fires increased to 24, in the town of Batlow a 47-year old man died while defending the home of a friend..”
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