Melbourne continued to feel the effect of the drought season as fire swept a suburb and a thick dust storm passed through the city on February 8.
GV: Police and residents attempt to control fire burning in suburban garden.
GV: Wooden fence burning.
GV: Police talking to residents, organizing evacuation.
GV: Fire fighters mopping up flames (2 shots)
GV: Fireman winding-up hoses, residents on street (2 shots)
GV: Dust clouds envelope city buildings (3 shots)
GV: Street scenes during dust storm (5 shots)
GV: Dust storm enveloped Tullamarine Airport (5 shots)
GV: Cars in city streets with head-lamps on (2 shots)
GV: City streets during dust storm (5 shots)
SV: Pedestrians wiping dust from their eyes (5 shots)
GV: Horse race at Mooney Valley racecourse in the middle of the dust storm.
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Background: Melbourne continued to feel the effect of the drought season as fire swept a suburb and a thick dust storm passed through the city on February 8. Buildings in the suburb of Nunaweding were threatened by a bush fire which set fences alight. Police and residents struggled to put the flames, and families were evacuated. It took an hour for eight fire appliances to bring the blaze under control. During the same afternoon a dust storm extending more than 300 miles (480 kilometres) and fanned by 100 m.p.h. (160 k.p.h.) winds swept through the city. The weather bureau described it as the worst since records began in 1860. The storm sent people scurrying for shelter, and motorists were forced to use their headlights as the gathering darkness closed in on the city. Melbourne's three airports had to be closed, and trains were halted when trees and cables fell across the tracks. And for once, Bill Collins, a loquacious racing commentator at Mooney Valley race course, was confounded. For the first time in his long career he was unable to complete his commentary because of the poor visibility.