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1980 Fires too[edit]

There were Ash Wednesday fires in 1980 too. They didn't cause loss of life in SA IIRC, but they were significant. One fire started from the Heathfield rubbish dump, causing an inquiry (or inquest, if I'm wrong about the loss of life).

Mark Hurd 14:23, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)


The cause of the fires was probably (unfortuantly) fire bugs. A prevailing reason for their intensity may have been El Nino.

Mark Hurd 14:23, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)

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  • Can link South Australia: ...was 75 lives - 47 in Victoria and 28 in South Australia. In the Dandenong Ranges, 17 firefighte...

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New Content[edit]

I have added information obtained from and linked to the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment. I note that a previous historical edit removed reference to Mount Macedon on the grounds that the fires there occurred two weeks prior to Ash Wednesday: this is not my recollection. I do not dispute that there may have been fires two weeks earlier; however, sadly, they returned on that dreadful day and destroyed the memorial cross at the top of Mount Macedon and many fine homes. See adamm 12:51, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

South Australian Impact[edit]

I notice this article heavily focuses on Victoria. I can only assume that it began life as an article on the Ash Wednesday Bushfires there. Considering the scope of the fires in SA (almost the same number of acres burnt) and the great loss of life the article should be expanded out. Any help in this suggestion? Ozdaren 13:41, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

I well remember Murray Nicoll describing his own house burning down during his radio news report. The transcript of his broadcast would be a good source of information. --TrogWoolley 23:08, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Agreed. Too bad he is a terrible journalist now :) Muzzamo 01:22, 10 September 2007 (UTC)


Since the fires covered such a large area, perhaps a map of SE Australia showing the extent of the fires would be handy. - 52 Pickup 08:24, 19 July 2007 (UTC)


I have suspicions that a few of the images here (including the infobox one) are unfree. Any thoughts? dihydrogen monoxide (H20) 09:24, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

As long as due credit is given, what's the problem? This is an encyclopedia, it's not like anyone's making money from it. Free publicity for the creator. Nick carson (talk) 06:33, 13 February 2009 (UTC)


I have rewritten the intro to the article using some of the more primary sources for this event. I have found that there is some confusion even in the official accounts for the Ash Wednesday disaster about exact figures for land area burnt, homes destroyed, and even the death toll. Hopefully the article will become as accurate and consistent as possible. Cheers Admella1859 (talk) 12:39, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Version 0.7[edit]

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The article is quite good, and the topic is interesting, but I think it falls just a little short in importance to warrant inclusion in 0.7. Walkerma (talk) 02:57, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Dust storm on the day[edit]

I distinctly remember a dust storm in Adelaide early on Ash Wednesday, and the local paper commenting that the dust storm was initially going to be the front page story until the bushfires broke out. But perhaps my mind is playing tricks on me, so I'm happy to have it removed until a reference is found (perhaps in the archives of one of the Adelaide media). Peter Ballard (talk) 02:20, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

I've re-inserted it now that I've found a better reference - an SA govt publication. Peter Ballard (talk) 02:39, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
That's better with the new ref and being place-specific, the old reference seemed to conflate two different events specific to the Macedon region. Melburnian (talk) 02:57, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

McArthur's fire danger index[edit]

I see mention of this on the page, but cannot find anything further about it on wikipedia (or elsewhere really; Googling didn't help). Would some kind soul explain further? It seems to me like this sort of thing is the stuff that ought to be (at least summarized) in an encyclopedia... Donal Fellows (talk) 14:12, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

McArthur's fire danger index was developed by CSIRO scientist A.G McArthur in the 1960's to measure the speed and spread of fire in forest and grasslands. 1 being a very slow and easy to control fire and 100 meaning a fire that is impossible to control. Google book search turns up quite a bit of info on this. Cheers Admella1859 (talk) 02:57, 10 February 2009 (UTC)


I propose that the name of this article be changed from "Ash Wednesday fires" to "Ash Wednesday bushfires". I attempted to move myself but there is a redirect in place. Can someone with experience in redirect removals please help? I'm not holding by breath. Nick carson (talk) 06:11, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Early Fire Season[edit]

In the Early Fire Season section it lists the dates of several fires, but no location and no damage. Not much help.KhProd1 (talk) 09:26, 13 November 2009 (UTC)