Just a shout out to my Australian brothers and sisters regarding the horrific fires raging down there. You're in my heart and prayers. Please, stay safe and may God watch over you and protect you.
Russ, you are spot on in remembering our Aussie mates struggling with their harsh fire conditions.Just a shout out to my Australian brothers and sisters regarding the horrific fires raging down there. You're in my heart and prayers. Please, stay safe and may God watch over you and protect you.
"As firefighters remain on high alert, police revealed 103 of the destructive fires that have lashed Queensland since September were deliberately lit.Reported that over 100 have been arrested for starting these fires.
I've said it, before, if I were a terrorist but wasn't ready to meet my 72 virgins, just yet, that this is an easy way to hurt the infidels. I like to think that the whole "virgin" thing was a misunderstanding... they meet 72 VIRGINIANS. Politically incorrect? Yeah, so sue me."As firefighters remain on high alert, police revealed 103 of the destructive fires that have lashed Queensland since September were deliberately lit.
Figures obtained by AAP reveal 98 people - 31 adults and 67 juveniles - have been dealt with by Queensland police for deliberately setting fires."
If these stats are true, something very disturbing is going on.
Please thank your Nephew from all of us Ozzies. That photo is what the guys are against almost every day the sky turns blood red and then once the cloud cover and smoke join the place turns to dark in the middle of the day. plus being our summer they are out in temps of 40c plus that is just the normal summer temp. then add the heat from the fires to that.Photo of my nephew's helo on the ground somewhere in NSW. There is no flying as the viz is about 100 meters. He said when he shot this, the sun had been up almost 2.5 hours.
Donna; good hearing that your OK. Your temperatures are beyond heartbreaking. It's got to be unbearable. Hope those that start fires pay a heavy price. All my best to your firefighters, police and all helping during this catastrophe. Your in my thoughts and prayers.It’s pretty bad, we’re working in thick smoke, non essential staff stood down. I spent the week sending air and marine assets to assist evacuations and supply runs. Fires are not close so no immediate risk but it’s worse than I’ve seen... And hot! 116°F a few days ago.
Yes: here's an article in The Australian, hopefully not hidden behind a paywall: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/bushfires-firebugs-fuelling-crisis-asarson-arresttollhits183/news-story/52536dc9ca9bb87b7c76d36ed1acf53f?fbclid=IwAR19GRe6-EfbTtP-PiOfHnqmtHRVEXqsYWtnMbtd-bdXsGxTOqhHzqC3nucPart of the tragedy - 200 people arrested for starting the fires...
I wonder how they were caught? or if this is accurate....
More than 180 alleged arsonists have been arrested since the start of the bushfire season, with 29 blazes deliberately lit in the Shoalhaven region of southeast NSW in just three months.
The Shoalhaven fires were lit between July and September last year, with Kempsey recording 27 deliberately lit fires, NSW Bureau of Crime and Statistics and Research data shows.
Police arrested 183 people for lighting bushfires across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in the past few months. NSW police data shows 183 people have been charged or cautioned for bushfire-related offences since November 8, and 24 arrested for deliberately starting bushfires.
Queensland police say 101 people have been picked up for setting fires in the bush, 32 adults and 69 juveniles.
In Tasmania, where fires have sprung up in the north of the state and outside Hobart, five were caught setting fire to vegetation. Victoria reported 43 charged for 2019.
Melbourne University associate professor Janet Stanley said arsonists were typically young males, aged 12 to 24, or older men in their 60s.
“There is no one profile, but generally they seem to have a background of disadvantage, a traumatic upbringing and often have endured neglect and abuse as a child,” Professor Stanley said. “They are often kids not succeeding in school, or they have left school early and are unemployed. The boundaries between accidentally and purposefully are unclear because many arsonists don’t plan on causing the catastrophe that occurs. Often there is not an intention to cause chaos and the penalties for accidentally lighting a fire are far less than purposefully lighting a fire.”
Swinburne University professor James Ogloff said about 50 per cent of bushfires were lit by firebugs and impending fire seasons excited them. “They’re interested in seeing fire, interested in setting fire and quite often the information around how fires burn and accelerate excites them,” the director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science said.
Donna take care and looks after your self and those close to you also. Thank you to all your operators also. I think it is so wonderful that in hard times the compassion and help that humans, in general, are willing to help, pull together to help those of us that are less fortunate. Let's pray for some good soaking rain, we need it so badly. It will come but with the ground dried up I would not like to see massive downpours that will cause flooding and runoff of valuable water.It’s pretty bad, we’re working in thick smoke, non essential staff stood down. I spent the week sending air and marine assets to assist evacuations and supply runs. Fires are not close so no immediate risk but it’s worse than I’ve seen... And hot! 116°F a few days ago.