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02-11-2009 04:06 AM

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February 2009 has seen one of the worst disasters in Australian history. The bushfires in the State of Victoria have claimed over 180 lives, this could rise to as many as 300. In some cases whole familes perished. Over 750 homes have been destroyed & thousands of hectares of woodland, National Park & wildlife severly impacted.
The Australian bush is unique in that much of it will withstand the fires where other species would never recover.
It will take many months to rebuild homes & repair the damage. Many townships were completly destroyed.
Our prayers go out to those who have lost their loved ones.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 04:10 AM

I can’t even imagine the devastation and grief going on there. My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 04:13 AM

It’s very sad indeed to see this, and also to realized that some of these fires were deliberately set and even reset after the firefighters had put them out. Our prayers go out to you in Australia.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 04:15 AM

Grumpy- Like I said in my email last weekend, hope you and yours are OK. Sounds like they are. Hopefully these will end soon. As always, bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#4 posted 02-11-2009 04:16 AM

Our prayers go out to all.

We had a similar occurance here in Northern California last summer. The fires were very close. Friends and neighbors were effected. I have a good feel for the effects. If we don’t get some rain soon I am afraid we might be in for a replay.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 02-11-2009 04:20 AM

Wow Grump
Can you see the smoke from your house ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 02-11-2009 04:29 AM

Thanks Jocks, I’m sure your prayers will go a long way. We are safe here, those fires are 8-9 hours drive from us. There may be some of our members (LJ’s) affected but I don’t know of any.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 02-11-2009 04:37 AM

Our prayer go out to all involved in this unbelievable event. May relief come swiftly stay safe Grumpy thanks for keeping us posted…Blkcherry

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#8 posted 02-11-2009 04:38 AM

Thanks for the Pictures Tony. Our prayers are for all for safety and our wrath goes out to those that set them intentionally.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 02-11-2009 05:02 AM

Wow Grumpy for a second there I thought you were showing pics of southern California. I hope they keep their distance from you and die down soon.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 02-11-2009 05:28 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who lost love ones and their homes. I was a fireman for five years and it is hard to believe how fast these type of fires can travel. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 02-11-2009 08:11 AM

Amen to those prayers, Grumpy.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 02-11-2009 08:25 AM

My prayers go out to you mates… and boy-o-boy am I glad there’s a LOT of water between you and me….

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#13 posted 02-11-2009 08:25 AM

Wow… I had no idea! And to think I was caught up worrying about how I was going to deal with my company closing… I feel silly now. Thoughts and prayers from me and my family to your entire country! God speed be with you all!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#14 posted 02-11-2009 11:46 AM

An unprecedent disaster, the death toll is rising almost hourly, the number of homes lost and people displaced is difficult to comprehend. There are reports of arsonist lighting more fires, these reports are to be validated. Some reports speculate the death toll may rise to more than 300!

It is impossible to comphrend how villages have been completely destroyed, to listen to people speak of the loss of family and friends is overwhelming, and yet there are remarkable incidents of survival – a little girl crawled into a wombat hole whilst the fire storm swept over and and round her, she is alive to tell the story.

At our most difficult hour, Australians have rallied. The refugee centres are overwhelmed by donations of clothing and the like. Cash donations to the Red Cross and other charities have exceeded all expectations, the last reports set it at more than $35 million and rising.

Your support and most importantly your prayers will help those in need to re-build their lives, a task which will take many years.

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#15 posted 02-11-2009 04:01 PM

Thanks for sharing those pictures Grumpy.It’s hard to imagine the destruction left behind by the fires and your pictures make it all the more real.My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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