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  • Wildfire Case Study: Australia 2009 Black Saturday
    • 7th February 2009
      • Victoria Australia
    • Causes
      • Heat, oxygen and fuel
    • Primary Effects
      • 2000 properties destroyed
      • 173 people killed
      • Injured over 400
      • 450,000ha destroyed
    • Secondary Effects
      • Power supplies cut off for 60,000 people
      • 11800 head of livestock killed
        • Vast amount of cereal, fruit and timber destroyed
    • Human Responses - Short term
      • Action of local emergency services/ community volunteers
      • Firefighters trying to create fire breaks
      • Local people evacuating homes
        • Some stayed to defend homes
      • During the fire risks warnings were released
        • Media
      • Short term fire bans
    • Human Responses - Long term
      • Government spent $465 million towards reconstruction and recovery
      • Government also provided recovery packages
      • Rebuilding together plan
        • A state-wide plan for reconstruction and recovery
          • Was granted $193 million to replace major community facilities

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