FRIDAY BUSHFIRES TIMELINE
almost stationary high pressure system developed over the Tasman Sea where it
remained until the 14th. Very hot air from the interior of the
continent was brought across South East Australia bringing with it heat wave
conditions from the 6th to the 13th. The first fire was
reported at Toolangi and fought for the next three days.
has its hottest day for almost 33 years. In the afternoon a strong south
westerly blew flames along the Great Divide. Melbourne temperature was 43.1c and
a record 44.7c on the 10th. Many large fires broke out on these days
and spread fiercely killing 21 people. The fires could not be extinguished even
though there was milder temperatures on the 11th and 12th.
Mill was destroyed by fire. Fire officers John Baling and Charles Demby
died while fighting the fire at Toolangi. They become the first victims of Black
reached 99deg before lunch and topped 113deg as the wind rose from the north
west. 12 forest workers died in Rubicon and another 7 people died trying to flee
the flames along the Acheron Way.
experienced temperatures of over 117deg as the intense heat moved towards
Victoria. A high pressure system settled over the Queensland coast as a low
pressure system moved east across the continent from the North East. Another low
developed[ south of Melbourne. All three pressure systems combined to drive hot
northerly winds from inland
Australia across Victoria.
- Fires burn out of control in
Tasmania. The Prime Ministers home is saved by him and his wife.
12:30pm Melbourne’s temperatures peaked at 114.1deg. north winds where soaring
as thick smoke turns day into night. the Noojee postmistress refused to leave
the switchboard at the post office until it catches fire. She asked her brother
to wire the keys to her wrist. By the end of the day over a thousand homes, 69
timber mills and 1.4 million ha of forest where gone. 50 men, women and children
about 3pm fire engulfs Woods Point. 4 children died near Colac aged between 8
and 14. They had become separated from their family and tried to escape down a
bush track. They where found lying in pairs just as they walk to school.
Hotel Gracedale opens once again after the fires for business.
rage near Canberra and burn within 3 miles of the nations capital threatening
Government House and Parliament House. Charred leaves and debris fall onto them.
an inch of rainfall in the evening and overnight.
Royal Commission into the causes of the ’39 bushfires opens in Melbourne.
rains fell over most of the state of Victoria.