Hi Jimmy - the bushfire weather on Saturday was quite extraordinary and hopefully something we won't see again for a long time. The earlier focus certainly was on the expectations of extreme heat and all-time record temperatures though that soon changed to the dangerous situation later in the afternoon. I monitored events closely and sent public alerts for www.ewn.com.au. The information on the VIC Country Fire Authority website is very good, though in these extreme situations that authority should be issuing the alerts. It's a shame more government organisations have not taken up the offer to use the Early Warning Network for free over the past year. Maybe this event will change that. The same applies for major flooding - local SES and councils should be issuing the flood alerts as they know exactly the people in danger.

By Michael Bath

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