Fires in August in 1951 in Queensland were described as “catastrophic” when CO2 was 311ppm

 The Bushfire season started in August in 1951 in Queensland

The fires did £2m of damage, and the people of Queensland responded with more fire teams and more firebreaks. Since then humans have put out 85% of all the CO2 emissions we have ever put out. Reducing our emissions by 85% won’t stop fires in August in Queensland.

 

16 Aug 1951:  Adelaide Advertiser: Bushfire out of control in Queensland.

11 Aug 1951:  Townsville Daily Bulletin: Bush Fires Rage Over Wide Areas

 

The outbreaks hare been the worst for years. The fire risk is being maintained by westerly winds and the tinder-dry nature of the land.

Flames are laping 60 ft high and whirlwinds carrying blazing foliage and grass often 200 ft. high, are spreading the fire…

After the savage fires of 1951, Queenslanders formed hundreds of volunteer bushfire groups, cleared firebreaks, and it was simply understood that fires were coming, and could occur anytime after August.

State Facing Worst years for Bushfires “The bushfires of 1951 were the board’s worst on record, with losses totalling more than £2,000,000. Mr. Healy said an outbreak of bushfires this year was so certain that […]

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September 14, 2019 at 12:31AM

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