On Saturday 7th February in the state of Victoria, Australia,
the temperature hit 46.4C (115.5F) in the city of Melbourne and a crazy 48C (118.4F) a little further out.

*48C temperatures
*Gale force winds over 100km's an hour (62miles per hour)
*The air as dry as a bone, humidity well under 10%
*We have been in a drought for the last decade so the earth was dry and ready to explode into an inferno if a fire started.
*Mass murders who started the fires

Add all of these together and it has become Australia's worst Brushfires.
Entire towns have been wiped off the map, with aerial images of the region showing an eerie moonscape of blackened earth and collapsed homes where fields and communities used to stand.

Towns have been declared crime scenes and the death toll in Victoria's bushfires has reached 210. Whole communities have been completely wiped out.

Over 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and more than 1,100,000 hectares have been burnt out.

All the Victorian bushfires are now contained (March 14 2009) 5 weeks from when it all started on February 7th 2009.

More than a million native animals may have perished in Victoria's fire inferno, a wildlife expert says.

A bushfire scientist has compared the intensity of the inferno to a nuclear strike. The energy released from the 'hell on earth' fires equates to 660 Hiroshima bombs!

Flames reached up to 80m (263feet) high!

Doctors treating Victorian bushfire burns victims say the disaster is worse than the Bali bombings.

Latest info can be found here: news.ninemsn.com.au/bushfires.aspx

DONATIONS LINKS
redcross.org.au/Donations/onlineDonations.asp
nab.com.au
commbank.com.au
anz.com.au
westpac.com.au

Not in Australia:
Phone: + 61-3-9500 5000
(+ is what you would dial to call overseas)
This number will reach the appeals room.
Cheques can be made to 'Australian Red Cross Victorian Bush Fire Appeal'
The postal address:
G.P.O Box 2957
Melbourne
Victoria 8060
Australia.

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I taped a few different news broadcast off the TV here and we pieced together this video so our fellow Vimeoians can see what's going on.
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6 Days later the Sun & Moon Glowed Orange due to the smoke of the fires: vimeo.com/3200459

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