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Here is a scale of bushfire intensity. It's based on energy produced, in kW/m.

20-500 Low intensity, patchy burn (the intensity prescribed for most fuel reduction burns). Rapid recovery of ecosystems. Attack on the headfire is relatively easy
500-1700 Moderate intensity, little damage to ecosystems Direct attack usually succeeds, but headfire must be “pinched in” from the flanks
1700-3500 Medium intensity, trees are killed, no or few unburnt patches. Very slow recovery of ecosystems Direct attack not likely to be successful on head or flank fires
3500-7000+ High intensity, extensive and long-lasting damage to ecosystems Crown fires occur - suppression impossible
20,000+ Extreme fire behaviour, ecosystems wiped out Mass fires, firestorms - suppression impossible

Saturday's fire was 80,000kW/m.
 

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With some rain at last, the fire in the Donna Buang / Warburton / Healesville area has today finally be downgraded to "contained" HOORAY!!!:D Which means it's still burning but they're pretty confident it will stay behind control lines and the locals can be back at home safely. This is still part of the Kinglake & Marysville fire from 3+ weeks ago, and the other part up near Lake Eildon is still rated as uncontrolled.

I love God's sense of humour. Everyone was worried about the extreme winds on Tuesday, and he sent the rain along with them! it was beautiful. :)
 

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I went back to Marysville today for the first time since the fires... compare and contrast these pics with that picture in the first post. It is a VERY sobering place to visit, though there was a big BBQ on today for Cup Day, and heaps of people around which was good to see.

this photo is from almost exactly the same place as that first photo:




 

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Thanks for the update Micky.
The media seems to have moved on to other stories but there's still a long way to go for the survivors.
 

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Yes and there is still a long way to go in solving the problems that caused the devistation. It is all about new building standards and blame rather than the cause and what to do. I understand that there is blame to be laid but as the new bush fire season has already started, there needs to be more action.

Anyhow, people are going back to the affected areas and bringing in Money. We have been up there a few times and although the devistation is horrific, there is a lot of hope and activity.

Plenty of rejuvination going on.

Thanks for the Photos Micky.
 
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