Some fires were more than 100 meters high
Next week we will start a new unit about forest fires. One of the worst was in February 2009 when 400 fires broke out in the forests surrounding Melbourne, Australia. Five towns were destroyed, 2000 houses burned down and 173 people died with more than 400 people injured. The fires left more than 7500 homeless. This fire started a debate about whether people should build houses in or near forests.
The fires moved at 140km an hour. Even people in cars could not escape.
Please answer ONE of the questions in the comments.
1. Are there ever forest fires in your country? Have you heard of a disaster like this?
2. If you have been to Australia, did you go to a place that was in danger of fires?
3. Do you think people should not build their houses in or near forests? Why?