On this day: the Tasmanian bushfires



On the 7th of February, 1967, Tasmania’s deadliest fire disaster occurred in the middle of a summer heatwave.


Destruction near the state’s capital city, Hobart. X

In what would come to be known as the Black Tuesday fires, 62 people were killed and over 900 were injured. Thousands of homes and animals were lost, and the damage was estimated to be around $40 000 000 at the time ($100 000 000 in today’s money).


People watch homes burn.

The causes of the disaster are listed as heatwave and strong winds, back burning (hazard reduction burns that got out of control), and arson.


The Cascade Brewery was destroyed. X

There were 110 fires on the day, and only 22 were listed as accidents.

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