Inferno: The Day Victoria Burned

Front Cover
Slattery Media Group, 2010 - Fire ecology - 266 pages
In the words of Roger Franklin, fire can be "a curious, wonderful thing". On February 7, 2009, however, there was nothing wonderful about the flames that engulfed Victoria, killing 173 people and reducing several towns to dust. Franklin's book, INFERNO: THE DAY VICTORIA BURNED, is the first to explore the horrors of the day that will forever be known as Black Saturday. Not only does the author explain what happened that day - individual heroism, unimaginable tragedy, tales of towns all but wiped off the map - but also why it happened. The author examines the roles of the Victorian government, the CFA and the local councils that were so determined to protect roadside vegetation. He analyses the pros and cons of preventive burning, questions the merits of the state's controversial stay-or-go policy, and delves into the mind of an arsonist. Through it all, there is a clear message: failure was everywhere on Black Saturday. With bushfires a constant threat in Australian life, Franklin cites many important lessons that need to be learned if such a disaster is to be avoided in the future.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - DCarlin - www.librarything.com

I really enjoyed this book as it only serves reminded me that during my 40 plus years as a member of the Country Fire Authority, little has changed when bushfires break out of a hot summer's day in ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
9
Fire
17
Wind
21
Earth
28
Formula For Fire
36
Lost In The Woods
50
A Scent Of Smoke
61
The Green Fuse
74
Under The Volcano
138
Ring Of Fire
150
Donkeys And Lions
166
Marysvilles Pyre
190
Water And Beer
209
The Dead Are Many
214
Ashes To Ashes
227
AFTERWORD
235

The Burning Question
86
Roads To Ruin
109
What Are Mates For?
121
Obscured By Smoke
128
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
248
APPENDICES
251
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information