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Victorian Fires
« on: January 17, 2013, 03:34:32 PM »
Mate just telling me that Campers Nth of Walhalla have been told to get out. Although Walhalla township is ok though, no need to move
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Not much here, although Donnellys Creek has burnt quite a bit
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/warnings-and-incidents/

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http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/warnings-and-advice/index.html?inUrl=websites_detail_1265693494.html

Emergency Warning

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PAKENHAM
Effective: 17/01/13 3:48 PM
Expires: 17/01/13 5:30 PM


Incident Information:

There is a medium, fast moving bushfire in the PAKENHAM area.

It is travelling in a South Easterly direction / towards Pakenham.  The fire is currently burning in the Pakenham Road, Army Road, Renyolds Road Area of Pakenham.

This fire is expected to impact Pakenham between the hours of 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM.
?This bushfire is approximately hectares in size and is out of control, currently creating spot-fires approximately <1km/s ahead.


What to do:

?There is a risk to lives and homes, follow your bushfire survival plan.
?If you plan to leave, or you are not prepared and there is a safer place near by, leave now if it is safe to do so.
?Turn on your vehicle headlights and drive slowly; smoke will make it difficult to see.
?Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety.
?Take shelter when the fire arrives - protect yourself from the fire's heat.
?Consider shelter options close by. These may include a private bunker (that meets current regulations) or a designated shelter or refuge.
?Last resort options include Neighbourhood Safer Place, a stationary car in a cleared area, or a ploughed paddock or reserve or body of water like a swimming pool or dam.
?If you are away from home: do not return.
?If time permits, check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.
?If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, the Department of Health advises people to seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
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Re: Vic Fires
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2013, 03:39:18 PM »
heres the info on the Campers near Thommo Dam.

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Meanwhile, campers and visitors are being asked to leave an area of west Gippsland where a bushfire is burning out of control.

The fire is south-east of Aberfeldy, near the Thomson dam, and has burnt through 250 hectares, much of which is regrowth from 2007 fires.

Eight aircraft are attacking the blaze.

Roads are closed in the area and nearby communities are being warned of smoke.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-17/fire-authorities-on-alert-as-temperatures-climb/4469440/?site=melbourne
http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/state/vic/



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http://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/pakenham-grass-fire-blazes-out-of-control-20130117-2cvli.html
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Re: Vic Fires
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013, 03:48:38 PM »
Add to that:

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Severe Weather Warning  for damaging winds for people in the North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland  forecast districts.

Issued at 4:17 pm EDT on Thursday 17 January 2013.

Weather Situation
A cold front is forecast to reach western Victoria early Friday morning then move rapidly through central and northwestern districts by late Friday morning and the remainder of the state by early Friday afternoon.

Damaging north to northwesterly winds around 60-70km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for elevated areas above about 900 metres of the North East,
 West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts from early Friday morning. A southwesterly wind change along the Gippsland coastal fringe also has some potential for localised damaging winds of 55-65 km/h and gusts to 90km/h Friday morning.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
 - Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
 - Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
 - Keep clear of fallen power lines.
 For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
 The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EDT Thursday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300-659-217*.

The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

Issued by: The Weather Company
Find out more: http://www.weatherzone.com.au
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Effective: 17/01/13 4:52 PM
Expires: 17/01/13 8:00 PM

Incident Information:

Country Fire Authority advise that there is fire activity in the PAKENHAM area.
?There has been a fire in Pakenham, in the Pakenham Road, Army Road Road, Renyolds Road area.  This bushfire has been  contained.
?This message applies to the town(s) of Pakenham.
?Smoke may be visible from nearby communities and roads.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2013, 09:07:44 PM »
DONNELY CREEK
Effective: 17/01/13 9:26 PM
Expires: 17/01/13 11:00 PM
Incident Information:
There is a large, fast moving bushfire in the DONNELY CREEK area.
It is currently travelling in a South Easterly Direction direction.
This fire is expected to impact Coongulla, Cowwarr, Glenmaggie, Heyfield, Licola, Seaton, Toongabbie between the hours of 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM tomorrow morning.
This bushfire is approximately 1000 hectares in size and is out of control.
A wind change is expected anytime in the next 5 hours, which may cause the fire to change direction towards the Licola Road.
We are anticipating that the Licola Road will be impacted by this fire in the early hours of tomorrow (Friday) morning.  Residents of Licola and surrounds should consider leaving the area as soon as possible as the road is likely to be closed.
Spot fires and ash may be falling ahead of the fire front a may impact communities including Coongulla, Cowwarr, Glenmaggie, Heyfield, Licola, Seaton, Toongabbie. Residents of these areas should monitor conditions and decide what action they will take if the fire situation changes.

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 07:23:28 AM »
Not good for Licola, again

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Incident Information:

There is a large, fast moving bushfire in the Licola area.

It is travelling towards the Licola Road.

Licola and surrounding areas are now isolated. 

?This bushfire is out of control.
?The fire is now at the Licola Road.
?It is now too late to leave Licola.

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Victorian Fires
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013, 08:46:21 AM »
Good luck.

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013, 08:46:48 AM »
Its sounding very bad out there.

They interviewed the chick at Heyfield servo before, and its dark there, but no ember attack yet :(


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Effective: 18/01/13 9:34 AM

Expires: 18/01/13 10:00 AM


Incident Information:

There is a large, fast moving bushfire in the Glenmaggie area.

It is travelling in a south east direction towards Heyfield.

This fire is expected to impact Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr, Dawson, Glenmaggie, Heyfield, Seaton, Toongabbie NOW
?This bushfire is greater than 25,000 hectares in size and is out of control, currently creating spot-fires ahead.
?A wind change is expected anytime in the next 2 hours, which may cause the fire to change direction towards the north east.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2013, 08:48:51 AM »
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013, 09:29:39 AM »
Apparently they have just realized there's campers in paradise valley and noone has told them about the fire at all
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013, 12:48:39 PM »
Just seen an EM map and other than heli's they have no choice but to let it burn (now its changed direction north). The predicted fire field is huge (dse maps) because of where it's headed.

I work for a telco. On wednesday we commissioned a new mobile phone tower in glenmaggie. Today it's most likely it will burn down :))
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2013, 01:40:00 PM »
This bushfire is approximately 44500 hectares in size and is out of control, currently creating spot-fires approximately 2-4 kms ahead. :o



Just seen an EM map and other than heli's they have no choice but to let it burn (now its changed direction north). The predicted fire field is huge (dse maps) because of where it's headed.

I work for a telco. On wednesday we commissioned a new mobile phone tower in glenmaggie. Today it's most likely it will burn down :))

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Homes in Gippsland towns affected by a large and out-of-control bushfire this morning have been destroyed, as nearby communities face more direct threats.

The fire had grown alarmingly late on Friday morning. A wind change is pushing the fire towards the north-east, and away from the larger town of Heyfield, but it has had an impact on Seaton, Licola, Glenmaggie and Dawson.

The Country Fire Authority is battling the fire, which has grown larger than 25,000 hectares. It is directly threatening several towns.

Four houses have been lost in the Seaton and Glenmaggie area, with one house lost at Dawson. There were reports of at least two more houses being on fire at Glenmaggie Point.  As many as ten houses at Glenmaggie, Seaton and Dawson have been destroyed as the bushfire marches north-east.

The cemetery and a caravan park at Glenmaggie have also been affected, but fire services have been unable to assess the damage as the fire grows to more than 25,000 hectares fueled by winds that show no sign of abating.

Fire authorities are warning that the hamlet of Licola, at the edge of the Alpine National Park, is now isolated by fires. The road into the town is closed and a wind change is expected to push the massive blaze in the town’s direction later on Friday.

According to the CFA, while the Licola threat remains, authorities do not expect the fire to reach the township today.

A CFA tweet stated that the ‘‘wind change is pushing the fire towards it but is still some distance away’’
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/we-are-just-bunkering-down-waiting-for-the-onslaught-20130118-2cwso.html#ixzz2IIL6p2u1


Very sad... :(
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2013, 07:50:29 PM »
Very sad..
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2013, 09:32:02 PM »
The wind change early this morning most likely saved property loss to Heyfield - unfortunately it came at a cost of sheds, barns, houses and one life in Seaton. Here's hoping for a significant wind change to turn it around on itself.

As one of the lads in the ICC and on the ground today I can say the DSE & CFA fire crews did a, and continue, to do a stirling job!  :cup:


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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2013, 10:17:45 PM »
Had been thinking of you Tim, and many old colleagues / friends in Heyfield and Maffra.
So sad to hear of the fatality at Seaton, hopefully there will be no more.
When I heard of the impending wind change to a South Easterly on the news last night I feared that the fire front would turn towards the Avon Wilderness Area. 
Once it gets in there it will run like "the colt from old Regret".  As Lost said, lets hope that the wind turns the front back on itself.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2013, 10:19:55 PM »
Apparently two new fires in the Corryong area.
One at Pine Mountain, where we were last time last year.
Was heaps of material there to burn 12 months ago, no doubt more now.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2013, 03:15:35 PM »
This is why we bailed on a longer stay in the King River Basin this week. A mate with CFA Staff told us thursday was gonna be horrid fire weather on sunday when we headed over Cobbler, and given nothing works Comms wise in there except HF, seeing smoke would have been too late. Last time I went to O'Tooles Flat nr Abberfeldy, it  burnt 2 weeks after I was there..... Craigs hut burnt 10 days after i left and I drove from Kinglake to Marysville the week beofre Black aturday.......I"m starting to think i shouldnt camp or visit the bush........ this fire headed towards the alpine National park (if its not alreadythere) X2 for the wind to blow this thing back on itself!! they are starting to cancel Strike Team deployments from Melbourne.... that sounds like a good thing.....hopefully.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2013, 03:37:41 PM »
close to a few people from works houses..
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Fire authorities have issued an emergency warning about an out-of-control bushfire near Wallan, north of Melbourne.
The Country Fire Authority said this afternoon that the medium, fast moving grassfire in the Old Sydney Road Wallan area had burned approximately 30 hectares.

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2013, 03:48:03 PM »
Yep They have been lighting fires out our way again %$#^ Heads
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2013, 06:52:57 PM »
Yep They have been lighting fires out our way again %$#^ Heads

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2013, 07:36:32 PM »
Yep They have been lighting fires out our way again %$#^ Heads

Yup moron just lit up the gorge again, luck they got onto it quick smart.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2013, 08:34:57 PM »
Yup moron just lit up the gorge again, luck they got onto it quick smart.

Be a bit of a worrie if that went up
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2013, 10:26:15 PM »
A photo for Speewa as we all know how he loves his Paj  :-*....This one taken on our way out of Huggetts Crossing Friday morning. View is SW to the Aberfeldy Fire, at this stage it was past Seaton approaching Glenmaggie.


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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2013, 09:05:25 AM »
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This one taken on our way out of Huggetts Crossing Friday morning.
View is SW to the Aberfeldy Fire, at this stage it was past Seaton approaching Glenmaggie.

Gee Huggetts, I haven't been out that way for *SO* long... Must run a trip out that way again
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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2013, 12:21:36 PM »
Great area around there, some good camping although the last two times have been just after floods so have been unable to cross the Avon and we were going to go there the weekend after Aus Day, guess not now

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2013, 04:12:10 PM »
Yep They have been lighting fires out our way again %$#^ Heads

Where abouts?  I've heard of a couple of deliberately lit small grass fires in Hurstbridge (Bannons Lane area) and that a couple of 12 year olds are allegedly to blame for the big KG grass fire.