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18-May-2016
18-May-2016

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Plaque dedicated to the men and women who protected the communities during the bushfires in Victoria in 2009.

The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009. The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire; 173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires. As many as 400 individual fires were recorded on 7 February. Following the events of 7 February 2009 and its aftermath, that day has become widely referred to as Black Saturday.

Beyond the 173 deaths, 120 of them caused by a single firestorm, the fires destroyed over 2,030 houses and more than 3,500 structures, and damaged thousands more. Many towns northeast of Melbourne, the state capital, were badly damaged, and Kinglake, Marysville, Narbethong, Strathewen, and Flowerdale were all but completely destroyed. The fires affected 78 townships and displaced an estimated 7,562 people.

Location

Address:Grand Ridge Road & Burchell Lane, Mirboo North CFA, Mirboo North, 3871
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.402012
Long: 146.161734
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Fire

Dedication

Front Inscription
THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED TO 
THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN
        WHO PROTECTED
AND SAFGUARDED OUR COMMUNITIES
             DURING THE 
2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES

     THANK YOU FOR YOUR
COURAGE, SELF SACRIFICE AND COMMITTMENT

       Hon John Brumby MP
        PREMIER OF VICTORIA
Source: MA
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