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2012-08-08 23:53:45

Research has revealed that the extremely hot, dry and windy conditions on Black Saturday combined with structures in the atmosphere called 'horizontal convective rolls' -similar to streamers of wind flowing through the air - which likely affected fire behavior. The study is the first of its kind to produce such detailed, high-resolution simulations of weather patterns on the day and provides insights for future fire management and warning systems. The work was led by Dr Todd Lane and Ms...

2012-01-18 21:28:22

Clearing vegetation close to houses is the best way to reduce impacts of severe bushfires, according to a team of scientists from Australia and the USA who examined house loss after as a result of Black Saturday, when a series of fires raged across the Australian state of Victoria, killing 173 and injuring 414. The research involving 12,000 measurements at 500 houses affected by the Black Saturday fires was only made possible by the sheer size of the devastation of February 7, 2009....

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2010-01-21 10:42:14

A new, low-cost bushfire detection and monitoring system is being developed by University of Adelaide researchers using mobile communications technology. The same technology used to send SMS messages on mobile phones could be used to develop an efficient and cost-effective early warning message to authorities and people living in fire-risk areas, according to researchers from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In two papers published this month in the International Journal...

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2009-07-29 12:27:23

Officials fear Australian could suffer even worse wildfires next summer than the deadly blazes that killed a record 173 people in February, AFP reported. The fire season could be the toughest in a decade, according to Victoria state premier John Brumby. Brumby said the prognosis in terms of this year's fire season is that it's going to be a "very, very tough fire season again." "All of the advice at the moment is that this will be as bad, if not worse, than anything that we've seen in the...

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2009-02-17 11:45:00

Pop star Pink, actress Nicole Kidman and singer Leonard Cohen are among those contributing money to help victims of deadly Australian bushfires. Pink gave $250,000 to a Red Cross appeal set up to aid those impacted by last week's bushfires, which left 200 people dead and destroyed 1,800 homes, the BBC said Tuesday. I've been really affected by the media images of the tragic bushfires in Victoria, Pink said in a posting on her Web site. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered so much...

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2009-02-09 12:00:00

The latest series of wildfires to hit Australia appeared to be intensified due to climate change, scientists reported on Monday. Australia is prone to massive wildfires due to its dry climate and naturally combustible vegetation, including oil-rich eucalyptus forests, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. However, the wildfires that struck Victoria over the weekend were the nation's deadliest on record, and scientists believe climate change is to blame. "Climate change, weather...

2006-01-27 20:50:00

CANBERRA -- Cooler conditions and a little rain calmed deadly bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday and allowed weary firefighters to make some headway in their battle, but authorities warned the crisis was not over. Firefighters managed to control one of the four most dangerous blazes -- three of which are less than 100 km (60 miles) from Melbourne, Australia's second-most-populous city -- but the rest are still burning out of control. Hundreds of people have evacuated...

2006-01-27 08:53:08

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes as four large blazes burned out of control and stretched firefighting resources. Three of the fires are less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne....

2006-01-27 01:13:10

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes as four large blazes burned out of control and stretched firefighting resources. Three of the fires are less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne....

2006-01-26 03:50:00

CANBERRA -- Firefighters battling bushfires threatening numerous towns and communities in southern Australia on Thursday are now face a new risk -- severe thunderstorms with wind gusts of up to 110 km (68 miles) per hour. Hundreds of people have fled their homes as high temperatures and strong winds fanned four dangerous blazes -- three less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second most-populous city Melbourne -- causing them to jump containment lines. A massive blaze in the Grampians...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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