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This was taken from Victoria’s Black Saturday bush fires in Narbethong, it destroyed 95 per cent of the town’s houses.
The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of fires that ignited or were burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009. The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions with temperatures in the high 40s, and resulted in Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a bushfire, 173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires.

As many as 400 individual fires were recorded following the events of the 7th February 2009 and its aftermath, that day has become widely referred to as Black Saturday.


  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 3 years ago

    A strong image.
    It is approaching that season again, although hopefully due to much wetter year, fires will be negligible

  • Thanks Kala for looking in, yes hope your right there. :)

    – KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 3 years ago

    Truly a timely and chilling reminder of a very tragic day in our Aussie & local history, Michael!!

  • Thank you Phil here’s hoping we don’t see something similar in our life time again.

    – KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 3 years ago

    It is one bushfire we as Australians will never forget Mick. This is an emotional image. :)

  • I took this along with 4 or 5 other shots, only to see signage from devastated owners on remaining power poles out side of what they once called home, saying please respect us and no photo’s, it was at that point i put my camera back in its bag, and viewed only then by eye. I could have taken hundreds of shots, but i placed myself in their shoes, its not a circus, its tragedy. In my defense its history with the small handful i took and kept for those reasons only.

    – KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley

  • TracyD
    TracyDover 3 years ago

    This is a timely reminder, we have friends who were lucky to escape with their lives at Kinglake West, he is an ex fire fighter of 40yrs he said he had never seen or experienced anything like it. He said they had about 60 seconds to escape the fire ball as it chased them out of Kinglake they are very greatful to be some of the lucky ones who manage too escape the inferno. May we never forget the lessons learnt on that day.

  • Kinglake, gee i used to go there often, i now get lost with the lack of growth and landmarks, its a place i don’t recognize anymore. I know its slowly coming back, but doubt it will ever be the same. Thanks for looking in Tracy.

    – KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 3 years ago

    Good capture Michael, one allways needs to be mindful of this type of thing, especially in climates like yours

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 3 years ago

    Gosh..gave me goosebumps just reading this again Michael!! what a horror…and its getting hot and dry here again already!!…tragic image! *-(

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