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16 February - Ash Wednesday Fires claim lifes in Victoria and South Australia

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:08 am

Today event in Australian History Today
16th February

1983 – The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 71 people in Australia's worst ever fires.

The Ash Wednesday bushfires,
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known in South Australia as Ash Wednesday II were a series of bushfires that occurred in south-eastern Australia on 16 February 1983, which was Ash Wednesday in the Christian calendar.

Fires out of control
Within twelve hours, more than 180 fires fanned by winds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph) caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia.

Years of severe drought
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and extreme weather combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century.

The fires became the deadliest bushfire in Australian history, until the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

In Victoria, 47 people died, while in South Australia there were 28 deaths. This included 14 CFA and 3 CFS volunteer fire-fighters who died across both states that day

Ash Wednesday natural disasters facts
  • Over 3,700 buildings were destroyed or damaged
  • 2,545 individuals and families lost their homes.
  • Livestock losses were very high, with over 340,000 sheep, 18,000 cattle and numerous native animals either dead or later destroyed.
  • A total of 4,540 insurance claims were paid totalling A$176 million with a total estimated cost of well over $400 million (1983 values) for both states or $2.1 billion in adjusted terms in today's value.
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Re: 16 February - Ash Wednesday Fires claim lifes in Victori

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:16 pm

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