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🔥The #bushfirecrisis in #Australia is no joke🔥

#Mallacoota THREAD

These arresting images are from residents of the small town of #Mallacoota at 10.30AM!!!! as they huddled on a wharf and watched flames come towards them from multiple fronts.

cc: @GretaThunberg
@GretaThunberg @AlexandriaV2005 @ClimateKristin @SameeraSavarala @EricHolthaus @MikeHudema @MichaelEMann @ap4ca @350Australia @GeraldKutney @KHayhoe #Mallacoota is a small town of about 4000 people in the state of #Victoria. There's one road in/out of town but no-one could use it to evacuate. Everyone was ordered to the town wharf to wait out the #bushfire, sitting ready in life jackets.
@GretaThunberg @AlexandriaV2005 @ClimateKristin @SameeraSavarala @EricHolthaus @MikeHudema @MichaelEMann @ap4ca @350Australia @GeraldKutney @KHayhoe @AlanaCraigen @SaleemulHuq @schipper_lisa @jamisonervin @Jamie_Margolin @jean_hinchliffe @havenruthie @ScheuerJo @martinfredras @billmckibben @RKalapurakal If you live in #Mallacoota, this morning, you woke up to darkness. Left: Foreshore camp park, 7.10am (@infinitereason2). Right: 8.45am (@luke_mccrone)

@brendanh_au describes the quiet at 9am: "Pitch black. The roar of... something. No visible fire but we are sure it’s coming."
@GretaThunberg @AlexandriaV2005 @ClimateKristin @SameeraSavarala @EricHolthaus @MikeHudema @MichaelEMann @ap4ca @350Australia @GeraldKutney @KHayhoe @AlanaCraigen @SaleemulHuq @schipper_lisa @jamisonervin @Jamie_Margolin @jean_hinchliffe @havenruthie @ScheuerJo @martinfredras @billmckibben @RKalapurakal @infinitereason2 @luke_mccrone @brendanh_au Fire trucks had been cruising lakeside drive in #Mallacoota with lights on but no sirens. @brendanh_au notes the quiet, gentle roar of that... something and sprinklers softly ticking over. THEN...

Everyone evacuated to wharf to watch and wait...
@GretaThunberg @AlexandriaV2005 @ClimateKristin @SameeraSavarala @EricHolthaus @MikeHudema @MichaelEMann @ap4ca @350Australia @GeraldKutney @KHayhoe @AlanaCraigen @SaleemulHuq @schipper_lisa @jamisonervin @Jamie_Margolin @jean_hinchliffe @havenruthie @ScheuerJo @martinfredras @billmckibben @RKalapurakal @infinitereason2 @luke_mccrone @brendanh_au .@bluesfestblues shares updates from his Dad (on wharf):

11:25am: “I think its here. Both the bowling club & the golf club are gone. Gas cylinders exploding. Some houses are gone. Highly likely that my house has gone.”

(At 12:20pm, he learns his house & street are gone.)
@GretaThunberg @AlexandriaV2005 @ClimateKristin @SameeraSavarala @EricHolthaus @MikeHudema @MichaelEMann @ap4ca @350Australia @GeraldKutney @KHayhoe @AlanaCraigen @SaleemulHuq @schipper_lisa @jamisonervin @Jamie_Margolin @jean_hinchliffe @havenruthie @ScheuerJo @martinfredras @billmckibben @RKalapurakal @infinitereason2 @luke_mccrone @brendanh_au @bluesfestblues At 1.30pm, #Mallacoota residents watched flames come as close as 300m away & listened to gas canisters exploding all over town.

Later, the #Bushfire jumped the narrows of the town's lake system and headed north to #Eden in #NSW. Light rain late afternoon was too late for many.
@GretaThunberg @AlexandriaV2005 @ClimateKristin @SameeraSavarala @EricHolthaus @MikeHudema @MichaelEMann @ap4ca @350Australia @GeraldKutney @KHayhoe @AlanaCraigen @SaleemulHuq @schipper_lisa @jamisonervin @Jamie_Margolin @jean_hinchliffe @havenruthie @ScheuerJo @martinfredras @billmckibben @RKalapurakal @infinitereason2 @luke_mccrone @brendanh_au @bluesfestblues The "good" news. #Mallacoota residents report the emergency app has stopped beeping and almost all current listings upgraded to “safe” - meaning residents can return "home" to survey the damage.

What a way to ring in the New Year. 😢

#bushfirecrisis #Australia

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