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They are worried the flames might come together, creating a single megafire covering almost 1.5 million acres.
Weeks earlier, fierce winds had apparently helped embers from a backyard fire pit take flight, and the resulting megafire had destroyed more than 160 homes in an area where fancy suburban houses are nestled in woodland settings several miles west of Boulder.
My intuition is that this likely is also a factor in the ACT 2003 megafire making it's own brutal wether pattern, destroying 400 houses apparently.
Turbo charge this with extreme heat events, climate related or not, and we have bushfire morphing to wildfire morphing to megafire.
(But then they prepared for a bushfire, maybe a wildfire, but not a megafire.)
Especially as the pathway of the latest megafire in central Victoria is revealed via cleared crown land, highly disturbed state forest, fraction of national park, timber plantations, open farmland, and finally inner circle of towns like Kinglake West with arguably too much local garden or pocket park to be safe.
For decades firefighters proved remarkably successful in this endeavor, but the upshot was that forests became so loaded with fuel that a blaze that evaded control could quickly grow into a dangerous megafire.
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