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Australian Bushfires 2009


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Presentation for English language classes about the Bushfires in Australia in 2009.

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Australian Bushfires 2009

  1. 1. Australia Bushfires “Black Saturday” Saturday 7th February 2009
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  3. 4. Satellite photo of smoke spreading out from the bushfires in southeastern Australia January 30th
  4. 5. Kinglake Bunyip Churchhill Dargo Saturday 7th February 2009
  5. 6. Satellite photo of a southerly wind blowing the smoke from the fires northwards on the afternoon of February 9th
  6. 7. Kinglake, 55km nordøst fra Melbourne 8.februar 2009
  7. 8. Kingslake 46km northeast of Melbourne February 8th
  8. 9. Smoldering hay balls
  9. 10. A row of ”battle weary” CFA uniforms hang at Hurstbridge, north-east of Melbourne, after seeing the intense action during the Victorian bushfires
  10. 11. CFA crews at Stanley quickfill dam in northern Victoria February 8th.
  11. 12. Three members of the Trentham Fire Brigade wait for the fire front to climb the steep escarpment at Redesdale, Victoria 7th February
  12. 13. Two water bombing helicopters fill up in a dam near Churchill in the Gippsland region of Victoria
  13. 14. Bunyip State Park near Labertouche, 125km east of Melbourne February 7th
  14. 15. Smoke billows from the bushfires at Yarra Glen 9th February
  15. 16. Generosity of the shops in Kingslake
  16. 17. Wall of flames. In seconds the tress are incinerated. Bunyip
  17. 18. The Beechwood fire rips through bushland near the north-east Victorian town of Dederang February 9th
  18. 19. The bushfire at Wilson Promontory, south east of Melbourne, lights up the night sky at 11 pm on the 10th February
  19. 20. A burnt Australian flag – lowered for the lives that had already been lost.
  20. 21. Craig Kidd looks at the melted metal of the alloy wheels from the vehicles on his property in Bendigo
  21. 22. Forensic investigators walk next to a fire truck in the town of Kingslake
  22. 23. Destroyed cars sit before the ruins of a building in Narbethong, north of Melbourne, February 12th 2009
  23. 24. The remains of the houses in Marysville, destroyed by the bushfires
  24. 25. Marysville Primary School. Luckily the fire was on a Saturday.
  25. 26. Human cost
  26. 27. Animals
  27. 28. A koala caught in the Victorian bushfires sits beside the road near Whittlesea, north of Melbourne, on February 15th, 2009. It was taken to an animal shelter and was able to recover
  28. 29. The foot of a koala saved from the bushfires in Gippsland
  29. 30. A possum with very badly burnt paws and tail, and suffering from smoke inhalation
  30. 31. A pygmy possum caught in the bushfires
  31. 32. In conclusion <ul><li>National day of mourning - 7th February. </li></ul><ul><li>Worst bushfires in history. </li></ul><ul><li>Final death toll is at present 208 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless victims shelter in cars and tents. </li></ul><ul><li>Great bravery from the police and voluntary firefighters. </li></ul><ul><li>An agonizing question: to stay or flee? </li></ul><ul><li>Fires were lit by pyromaniacs </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme weather thought to be a factor </li></ul><ul><li>“ Greenies” blamed for the fires’ fury </li></ul>http:// /news/events/bushfires/ http://
  32. 33. Fuel build-up blamed for heightens intensity of the bushfires <ul><li>Some survivors of the Victorian bushfires are convinced that a build up of fuel in the bush in the midst of a prolonged drought caused much of the destruction. They claim a bureaucratic obsession with the protection of native vegetation prohibited clearing that could have reduced the intensity of the fires. They claim that “ Native trees are more important than people ”. </li></ul>[bushfire%20bushfires ]