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This week TV3 takes a closer look at one of the world’s deadliest forest fire when Firestorm tells the compelling story of the Black Saturday Victorian fires of February 2009. Firestorm screens on Wednesday, August 12th at 9:30pm on 3. Australia is a rural country well acquainted with the dangers of forest fire; however no one could ever have anticipated the tragedy that would hit Victoria on February 7th 2009. If ever there was a perfect storm for a forest fire, this was it. The fire danger index usually peaks at 100, yet on this day it registered a stunning 338, conditions never seen before. A unique set of circumstances conspired to create the firestorm of the century, conditions so destructive they have changed the way people perceive fire safety for ever. It was a fire so savage it wiped out whole towns literally in minutes. It was not just the devastation caused, but the way the fire behaved that caught everyone by surprise, even the scientists. „Just the number of people that were likely to be impacted by the fire… you get wall-to-wall traffic and everything jammed up… it’s a paralysis effect,“ Fire Ecologist Kevin Tolhurst tells The Sunday Age. The Black Saturday fires were what Tolhurst describes as a „blow-up“ – a combination of long and short-term weather, fuel loads, and the fire itself, which fed on and magnified its ferocity in a way only now being understood. Now a series of experts, headed by Tolhurst, will document the path of the fire. Included in the documentary will be interviews with fire safety experts, the fire fighters involved in the deadly fires, and meteorologists.