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Vic Bushfires: Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane

By Dave Riley

Today's Victorian bush fire map -- here -- confirms a developing pattern. If the several large out of control fires weren't lit by pyromaniacs and aren't older fires recovering combustion, then urban Australia is at war with its bush -- or it is probably better put the other way around.

I am reminded of the prediction offered by the witches to Macbeth -- that he was safe until "Birnam Wood shall come to Dunsinane".

Of course it does. It climbs out of the forest as cover for Duncan's advancing army.

Whatever way you pitch your metaphors or your riddles,.the urban sprawl of Melbourne presents like a colonial fort besieged by cantankerous flames.

The PR gloss of the national day of morning was way too early especially if the conditions in the bush don't change today, this week, this month or this year.

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