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Black Saturday bushfires: Counting the cost

from Australian Journal of Emergency Management

In one of the world’s worst bushfire events ever recorded, the Black Saturday bushfires claimed 173 lives, burnt 450,000 hectares of land, and destroyed 2000 homes and 1500 buildings. While the initial and obvious cost of the devastation was estimated, the more hidden and enduring economic loss is still being counted. Ten years on, what economic legacy did Black Saturday leave the individuals and communities in its wake and how can this knowledge better protect us in the future? more

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