Terrible Fires in Australia

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 08 Feb 2009 07:07:07 PST
Dear Paul,

I'm glad you posted this and I'm sure we all share your concerns. 48 
degrees C. (118 degrees F.) has to make fighting fires unbearable.  Don 
Journet, Lachenalia expert from this list, is a volunteer fire fighter who 
lives in Victoria so I assume he is hard at work and I hope he'll be safe. 
When we visited him a couple of years ago he said that the philosophy is 
different in Australia than in the United States. Here in California they 
urge you to leave if fires are threatening and in Australia since the 
houses are built with greater fire resistant materials people stay to try 
to protect their homes and this often makes a difference. But with the 
large number of casualties and towns destroyed, the fires must have been 

Mary Sue

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