February 28, 2009

Australian fires force schools to close

Per BBC, "More than 200 schools have been closed in south-eastern Australia as the government warned of an intensified fire risk ahead of the weekend."

Two twitterers announce schools and childcare centers closing.

@pnbeck (Melbourne, Australia): Melbourne is baking, smoke haze is shrouding the city, schools & childcare centres have been evacuated as fires burn close to suburbia...

@philpeffect (Melbourne, Australia): Over 60 Victorian schools will be closed tomorrow due to bush fire threat

One twitterer says the fire's were overestimated, but is grateful for safety precautions.

@mr_billiam (Melbourne, Australia): Fire threat wasn't as bad as forecasted today, but I still think closing schools in fire threat areas was a good move. Safety first.

A local politician tweeted that he was surprised by some people's reaction to the news.

@PremierMikeRann (South Australia): @BeauGiles Can't believe criticism of closing schools after advice from CFS. Imagine the fuss if we had ignored that advice. Vic did same.

Others posted links to Australian fire news stories.

@AdventureMatt (Melbourne, Ausralia): 'Spike Day' closes Victorian schools as bush fire threat re-flares http://twurl.nl/qw78p4

@geelongaddy (Geelong, Australia): RED ALERT: Schools shut as fire threat looms: SCHOOLS and kindergartens have been closed and tourists have been.. http://tinyurl.com/cqytpv

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