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2.4 Bushfire case study 2: 2009, ‘Black Saturday’

<p>Kinglake National Park after the Black Saturday bushfires, 2009</p>

Photo: Nick Pitsas. CSIRO

<p>Kinglake National Park after the Black Saturday bushfires, 2009</p>

Here is another example of a terrible bushfire.

Read the information in the Defining Moment in Australian history: 2009 ‘A tragedy beyond belief’ — Black Saturday bushfires, and answer these questions.

1. Where was the 2009 bushfire?

<p>Bushfires and death tolls by area, Black Saturday bushfires, Victoria, 2009</p>

Nick Carson — Public domain, https://bit.ly/3939va9

<p>Bushfires and death tolls by area, Black Saturday bushfires, Victoria, 2009</p>

 

What were the weather conditions like?

Here is record of the temperatures during that period:

 

A graph of the minimum and maximum temperatures recorded in Melbourne, Victoria during the 2009 southeastern Australian heat wave. Source data from Bureau of Meteorology

Bidgee, Public Domain

A graph of the minimum and maximum temperatures recorded in Melbourne, Victoria during the 2009 southeastern Australian heat wave. Source data from Bureau of Meteorology


The causes


Fighting the fire


The impact

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