My wife and I have each received SMS messages from “Vic.Police” that say:
Extreme weather expected tonight (Monday) & tomorrow. High wind & fire risk. Listen to the ABC local radio for emergency update. Do not reply to this message.
Presumably the police are trying to contact everyone in Victoria. The problem seems to be related to the high wind speed that is forecast, the temperature is only predicted to be 32C (as opposed to the 38C that they were forecasting a few days ago and the temperatures of 46C or more a few weeks ago).
The last reports were that the firefighters were still working on putting out fires, and the unclear news coverage seemed to suggest that some of the fires had been burning since the 7th of February. A day of extreme fire danger that starts without any fires would be bad enough, but starting with some fires that are already out of control is destined to give a very bad result.
Below is the link to my previous post about people trying to take advantage of a tragedy to benefit their own political causes. For anyone who wants to rail against abortion, homosexuality, or the Greens party, please show some decency and do so based on relevant facts and do it at an appropriate time. I suggest that anyone who writes later this week about ways to avoid bushfires should be careful to check their claims for accuracy and scientific evidence (hint – the CSIRO and NASA have published a lot of useful background information).