Hello Individual, all,
Individual said: If conditions like fire can be so extreme like that, burning over such a great distance so quickly, can't they fireproof their homes and can't individual people build fireproof shelters? For instance, if a house is built out of stone, brick, or with plastic or metal siding, and the interior of the home is built with fireproof drywall, it should be relatively safe.
I don't think you understand bushfires, the intensity of the heat, the speed they move at and the size of the fire itself. It is the heat and lack of oxygen which kills.
We are not talking about a couple of paddocks on fire.
The Kinglake complex of fires is 80 kilometres wide and 220,000 hectares in size.
Aluminium melts at 650C ... many window screens melt, the glass is shattered and embers get in and destroy the inside of the house in minutes.
If the fire itself doesn't burn people to death, the heat kills them.
If you don't get out early and abandon your home - you cannot outdrive or outrun a bushfire.
Embers fall 100 metres ahead of a burning grass fire, 2.5 km ahead of a burning pine trees, 8 km ahead of a burning eucalypt forest, 35 km when there is a convection column.
The Fire Protection Authority was telling people that if they could smell smoke on the wind, t was too late to run, and to try to protect themselves where they were, as best they could.
Sitting in a swimming pool isn't much help in the big fires - you die of smoke inhalation or you are boiled alive.