Yes, they're mass murder. Even the Aussie PM says so. 171 people are confirmed dead already but they expect more bodies to be found. The area affected in the state of Victoria, north of Melbourne, is dry as a bone and the fires were deliberately set, then heavily fueled by winds (also deliberate, although I doubt any paper will state that). People are dying in their own homes as are domesticated and wild animals such as koalas and kangaroos. Queen Elizabeth has even given her condolences (or is that congratulations?) on the situation, so I guess she's paying attention.
Yahoo news : Australian wildfires
Australian bushfire toll rises to 171
LA Times : More than 200 feared dead in Australia
From the LA Times article :
"Most of the fires are in inaccessible terrain.
They're likely to keep burning for some time," said
fire specialist Sullivan. "All it takes [for it to
get worse] is another week or so and we come back to
the same heat wave conditions."
Temperatures have cooled significantly since the
weekend and reached a high of just 73 degrees
Tuesday, but a new heat wave is expected to roll
over southern Australia's fire zones by the end of
"What they need is rain, and that's not forecast,"
Does this place not sound like it's dire need of
gifting or further gifting? If it doesn't, I don't
know what does. This is much worse than the fires
that were plaguing California. Something is very