Bushfire sense from Frank Campbell
But contrary to current hyperbole, Black Saturday was not the worst fire day ever. Ash Wednesday's wind speeds ranged from 70 to 120 km/h. A savage south-west front led to most of the deaths and property loss, whereas Saturday had a modest wind change.
Nor was the area burned in the latest fires exceptional. About 300,000 hectares is the likely total, compared with 1.5 million on Black Friday 1939, several million on Black Thursday 1851, 260,000 on Red Tuesday 1898 and 230,000 on Ash Wednesday. Note that the days of the week have mostly been used up already. Every 10 or 20 years there is a bushfire disaster. This isn't going to change.
Read it here (in The Age of all places - how long before they pull it down? - Ed)