Remembrance Ash Wednesday | 1983
Each year we remember Ash Wednesday, the day on Wednesday 16th February in 1983 when fire claimed 47 human lives in Victoria and destroyed countless homes.
Years of severe drought and extreme weather combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. More than 180 fires fanned by winds of up to 110 km/h (68 mph) caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia.
Many fatalities were as a result of firestorm conditions caused by a sudden and violent wind change in the evening which rapidly changed the direction and size of the fire front.
The emergency saw the largest number of volunteers called to duty from across Australia at the same time - an estimated 130,000 firefighters, defence force personnel, relief workers and support crews.
An ominous sign of things to come occurred a few days before, on the afternoon of 8 February, when Melbourne was enveloped by a giant Dust Storm.
Next Remembrance Day
When & Where
Date: Sunday 16th February 2020
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