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Bushfires

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Grantus, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Having a shit night here but I bet it's a lot shitter for the RFS/SES out trying to save lives.

    I wish this wind would stop.
     
  2. drivesafe

    drivesafe Active Member

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    A trick learned during my home security days.

    If you don’t have a safe or it’s to small, put documents in oven bake bags and leave them in your oven.

    This gives them half a chance and gives you a large object to locate in a worst case situation.
     
  3. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Horrific day for dear little Batlow, Col. It’s dire. Our info is limited at this stage but many homes, farms and stock lost. For anyone familiar with the area, the iconic Sugar Pine Walk is gone. The service station blew up, spot fires were everywhere last night. Tragic for such a beautiful and brilliant community full of down to earth people.

    This monster continues and burns on multiple fronts. I got off the phone from Paul late last night, he was utterly exhausted and had his Ute and fire pump melt in the Gilmore inferno today while he was helping fight fires on the opposite side of the valley. That’s a story for another day but it’s burning both sides of the valley and hasn’t reached our property yet. It surrounds Tumut. It’s in national parks, it’s all through the forestry.
     
  4. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    Well said. It is very smoky here at Bungendore.

    Ian
     
  5. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    For those like me who are not in harms way, I cant imagine how terrible it is for all those affected already and those on a knife edge waiting & hoping they will not be impacted. All we can do is donate to the relief funds and pray for conditions to improve and hope for rain & more rain. All those fighting the fires and those supporting them are absolute national hero's.
     
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  6. grumble

    grumble Well-Known Member

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    Brian there are a few thousand of us wishing you all the best for a safe return.
     
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  7. drivesafe

    drivesafe Active Member

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    Sky News has just had a segment about Batlow and were talking to a Batlow resident who had left the area yesterday. He was saying he was in contact with people still there but they were using UHF radios to communicate.

    We have friends staying with relatives in Moruya and they only got power and phones back late yesterday, after loosing them earlier in the week.

    The fires have not been a direct threat to them so far, but they had no idea of what was going on or what they needed to do.

    When this is all over, the powers that be need to take a serious look at the lack of communications during such events.

    A couple of year back during a cyclone, while where we are, was only effected by massive amounts of rain, we lost power, mobile phones, and for the first time, we also lost all landlines.

    This was pre-NBN.

    With NBN, if you do not have emergency power available, when the power goes down, so does your communications.
     
  8. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Always good to have a battery operated radio that you can at least tune into a local radio station to hear what is roughly happening.

    Better than nothing.
     
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  9. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear that Chrissy. :(

    Really appreciate the update with facts, coz if you look at the “fires near me”site, it shows a very different picture, for both Batlow & Tumut. I’ve no idea how they get their info to do the mapping, but always wondered how accurate it actually was - your accounts clearly show how inaccurate the maps can be. No indication of any risk around Gilmore, or even the Tumut area, apart from a single “Under Control” incident, in Forest St Tumut? :confused:

    Tell Paul to keep fighting the fight, but ensure he gets enough “downtime” to stay safe.

    ACTRFS has set up a staging ground at Glendale in the south, as it looks like the Adaminaby Complex fire may impact the ACT in the next few days. ACT crews are doing shifts in the area, attempting to slow the spread of that fire.
     
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  10. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    This sounds horrific :(

    There's some rain here in Melbourne today, I hope it extends to the Vic and NSW fires.
     
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  11. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    It looks a possibility

    Radar.jpg
     
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  12. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I hope so. It looks like someone has emptied a laser printer cartridge on my front verandah. Imagine what it is doing to lungs? And the fires are about 20kms from me.
     
  13. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    ...as posted earlier...I've been watching our local BOM radar loop for anticipated rain.
    Saw a nice dark blue patch inching towards us slowly, slowly......then it was over us...then nothing happened....
    Radar finds it hard to differentiate between dense smoke and rainclouds, as it turns out.
    Bugger. :(
    There have been reports of rain down South....I hope for anyone affected, the heavens open........
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  14. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Not much predicted.:(
     
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  15. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    Raining here now but not enough. It has only slowed the fires progress.
     
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  16. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Still rather that, than yesterdays weather.......
     
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  17. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    I may actually be able to go to bed tonight. The rain may be enough to stop embers. By looking at the satellite the Morton fire is not moving any closer now.
     
  18. BrianK

    BrianK Well-Known Member

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    cheers mate, the door has closed for us, at this stage the are planning on moving everyone under escort, we just keep watch on the alerts each day, I thought they weren’t opening till Tuesday but all good. We ok here with kids and grandkids. The door only open from SA side. West to east is still shut
     
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  19. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Just when you thought the air quality here couldn’t get worse..... it has. :(

    Visibility is down to around 100 metres, and many flights were cancelled this afternoon.

    Fire spotting towers have been inactive since last Thursday, as they can’t see the bottom of the ladder, let alone out the window.

    Any fire fighting aircraft & choppers, have been smoked in, and currently grounded.

    How good is summer? :p
     
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  20. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Hi Grant. Yes the maps are really slow so not a good instant indication but the fire is quite a way along the ridge on the west side of our valley and around Blowering Dam now. People south of us in the valley lost quite a lot of farmland, cattle and spoke to a friend yesterday who lost horses but thankfully no Gilmore homes have been lost so here’s hoping.
    Spoke to Paul last night and he was happy that the air was cool and it seemed the fires had eased for now. Rainfall... 3 drops. :(

    Forest St Fire was reignited from the wind on Saturday. That was the previous fire I’d mentioned that had been started from cars being burnt out but they extinguished the flare up quickly.

    Paul is doing a great job and I think he might’ve been able to sleep for more than a couple of hours last night. He had a nephew of mine with him last night and enjoyed having company. The youth was appreciated because although no service at Gilmore, he managed to set Paul’s phone up through our satellite internet so he could call. Kids were pretty pleased to hear Dad. We still cannot return home.

    The prediction for here is back to 43 degrees again by Friday. Let’s hope the cooler conditions help to get on top of it a bit for now. I really hope none of the fires surrounding ACT head that way Grant but it’s so unpredictable isn’t it? When will this monster end?
     
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