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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #475 on: March 18, 2018, 11:49:04 AM »
fire at Gembrook sounds bad

even worse out warnambool region... houses etc..
https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/too-late-to-leave-severe-fire-danger-as-blazes-rip-through-state-20180318-p4z4wu.html

deadly windy here right now... there'd be no stopping a wildfire in this wind.. close to 80
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #476 on: March 18, 2018, 12:20:37 PM »
Interesting.. when I called parks today they put me through to some 20 word long Gov dept as I was asking about state forest.. he said if we were around mansfield we were out of the TFB area... Told him we were at O'Toole's and he said we should be in the clear, and fires were ok

Hi mate. Use this if in doubt: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/find-your-fire-district

You can gauge what district you are in and then look to see whether fire restrictions apply to you.

Further to this, and I don't know why CFA make it hard to find, but the can I, can't I brochure is a good resource to have with you so you know what you can and can't do on either a TFB or just a normal day during the declared fire danger period: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/documents/20143/80821/Can_I_or_Cant_I_brochure_nov_2016.pdf/5e14373f-e64d-3676-bb7b-2685a831a5f8

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #477 on: March 18, 2018, 12:36:26 PM »
sadly lots of buildings and stock losses. hopefully no lives lost...


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https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-bushfires-severe-fire-danger-as-blazes-rip-through-southwest-20180318-p4z4wz.html

'Cluster' of fires

The Terang fire, which has so far burnt through 12,000 hectares, is moving in a south-easterly direction towards Timboon.

The Camperdown (Gnotuk) fire is also moving in a south-easterly direction, heading towards Pomborneit.

There is also a fire at Garvoc, which has so far burnt through 5000 hectares.



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For those just joining us, here's what we know:

A number of fires have been burning out of control in Victoria's south-west since Saturday night.

    Homes, sheds and dairy stock around Terang, Camperdown and Cobden have been lost to fires and many more properties remain in harm’s way.
    The 'Terang' fire and 'Gnotuk' fires have burnt out more than 22,000 hectares and may join into a single front as they travel south-east towards Timboon and Pomborneit.
    8200 households and businesses are currently without power, including 6000 at Terang.
    Hundreds of volunteer firefighters working to contain fires burning around Camperdown and Cobden are being hampered by wild westerly winds that are expected to continue throughout Sunday.
    People in the fire’s path are being warned to stay put as it is too dangerous to attempt to leave.
    A number of key roads have been closed






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This message is being issued for Arbuckle, Buragwonduc, Crookayan, Glencairn, Licola, Licola North, Mount Buller, Reynard, Tamboritha.

    There is a bushfire  9 KM SW SNOWY RANGE AIRSTRIP and 25kms north of Licola.
    Forest Fire Management Victoria will continue burning out fuel within prepared control lines over coming weeks when weather conditions are suitable.
    These burning out operations will be done by aerial ignition when weather conditions are suitable and may take several weeks to complete.
    Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads, and from further afield, depending on weather conditions. This weekend's weather conditions will generate more smoke.

The following tracks are closed and will remain closed for the duration of the burning out operations:
 
Dingo Hill Track
Scrubby Hill Track
Caledonia River Track
Butcher Country Track
Butcher Country Link Track

There is a temporary closure of Howitt Road and visitor sites from Arbuckle Junction to Zeka Spur Track Junction from midday Friday March 16 to midday Monday March 19.

New information: Visitor sites along Kelly Lane are open, but there is no access to Howitt Road.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #478 on: March 18, 2018, 12:45:29 PM »
Stay safe, everybody :'(
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #479 on: March 19, 2018, 09:00:28 AM »
from VicPol
- Last night our Air Wing was at the Terang fires where they caught this image. The bright light coming in from bottom left corner is their searchlight (called a Nitesun).



That's intense.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #480 on: March 19, 2018, 11:48:41 AM »
Very sad reading of the peoples loss of property Even sadder to know many animals will suffer terribly as well. Houses and property can be replaced. Lives cannot. Fantastic job being done by all state emergency services and all fire fighters, nurses, first aiders and refuge co-ordinators.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #481 on: March 22, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
Standing on the back of a truck watching 9M of flame coming at you at 100Ks per hour ,,,,,
l have only seen 3M of flame coming at me & that was enough to loosen the ,,,,,
To louse your home farm & income in just 1 go it truly overcoming  . Walking around waring  all you own , Geeeeeez that tuff . Think about it .
Step outside with what ever you have at hand & start again  . Please think about those that have lost it all  & consider yourself  lucky                                 :-* :-*
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #482 on: March 22, 2018, 06:35:43 PM »
pretty sad and until you go through major fires you just dont understand.

We lived on the blue mountains until 1986 and i saw a couple, mum and dad lost everything when i was at school and they ( we just had to start again ), half our street was demolished and it sticks with you for a long time.

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #483 on: March 23, 2018, 08:35:56 AM »
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Standing on the back of a truck watching 9M of flame coming at you at 100Ks per hour ,,,,,
l have only seen 3M of flame coming at me & that was enough to loosen the ,,,,,
To louse your home farm & income in just 1 go it truly overcoming  . Walking around waring  all you own , Geeeeeez that tuff . Think about it .
Step outside with what ever you have at hand & start again  . Please think about those that have lost it all  & consider yourself  lucky :-* :-*

At the 2.35 mark of this vids - we were 3rd truck in.. and what you see, is what we saw..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYy5Opj6yHo
"On a scorchingly hot, dry January afternoon in 1994 a fire front tore through Como West, Bonnet Bay and Jannali.
Eighty-seven homes burnt to the ground in about 15 minutes,"


Nearly everything next to the valley was gone. there were 2-3 random houses left standing...  Then to our amazement a roller door opened up on a stand alone brick garage.. and 2 families came out. Ones house was standing, the other was just ash. You cant imagine what was going through either families minds at that exact moment.
There was no water in the mains as the pump station had burnt down. We had 3000ltrs but that wasn't worth Shit at that point.

The lady that died in her pool, the late Marty Keilor (many landy owners would know him) with Peter Evans (being interviewed) and crew got there, Marty jumped in the pool to help but sadly was too late... He greatest teacher in the RFS I ever had.

As most people would say who have experienced it - unless you've lived it, or been in front of a wall of flame like speewa says (or the 70mtr wall of flame reported in blue mountains in the story) - you cant understand how the fire creates its own weather, how erratic it really is and how ****in fast Shit goes down.



Next will be the arseholes complaining about people living near the bush (Tathra etc) should expect this, and why should we pay to support them. These ****s should be put down.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #484 on: March 23, 2018, 10:23:54 AM »
The aftermath is also worth considering.
With the 2009 fires came an appeal for donations to the victims.
The State Government moved in and took it, the Legals are still fighting and getting paid from it.
The victims, just a dribble to shut them up, and the Insurance Companies have done nearly all the heavy lifting.
And how does a Council qualify as a Victim, apparently they do, now.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #485 on: December 07, 2018, 02:51:48 PM »
Stupidly Shit weather to be out fighting fires in today


https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-bushfires-live-homes-evacuated-as-fast-moving-grass-fire-threatens-little-river-20181207-p50kv1.html

"So we've had some success, however, the fire is over 1000 hectares in size currently."
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #486 on: December 07, 2018, 04:56:27 PM »
Here we go again , 1st TFB of the season  , the grass is dry the dams are low  & its 38C with very low humidity . Stay safe out there people  .
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #487 on: December 07, 2018, 05:31:15 PM »
Fires in the Lara area, apparently started in 3 or more places.
Tell us that's an 'Act of God', go on.  Not Fekin Likely.
Hope everyone's ok down there, pity the 'Fireys' working in that heat.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #488 on: December 07, 2018, 08:54:25 PM »
Fires in the Lara area, apparently started in 3 or more places.
Tell us that's an 'Act of God', go on.  Not Fekin Likely.
Hope everyone's ok down there, pity the 'Fireys' working in that heat.
One of our sites got evacuated today out that way guys were packing up anyway due to the heat and doing asbestos works in suits etc but said it all happened pretty quick.


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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #489 on: January 04, 2019, 12:49:32 PM »
https://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#

One looking reasonable around Jamieson/Kevington area...
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #490 on: January 04, 2019, 02:27:43 PM »
Well it 45C , dry as a chip , gusting up to 65Km  , TFB across the state  what could possibly go wrong .

There are a whole bunch of Fire fighters with a knotted gut  just waiting for the call .
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #492 on: January 05, 2019, 01:41:59 PM »
& the weather report Today 23C  windy this morn & rain in the arvo  . Who writes this crap  ???
But it was 46C yesterday        :cheers:
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #493 on: January 07, 2019, 01:43:58 PM »
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/rosedale-fire-warning-for-residents-in-willung-to-urgently-seek-shelter-20190107-p50q01.html


EMERGENCY WARNING for WILLUNG - bushfire travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Willung & is threatening homes & lives. You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #494 on: January 14, 2019, 01:09:55 PM »

"Just spoke to Cam at the Matlock tower.
He said he is very concerned. And it has already spread.
There is now 2 fires.

He said they are sending water bombers to it as we speak."

http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/?&bbox=145.9966278076172%2C-37.451422169128534%2C146.69700622558594%2C-37.1564859020455&tm=1546426998083&fbclid=IwAR2Z5QyUNhgbLxKXTO0oZXInaYVzBGHAB6WQQHK_x-cSFM0XmHsyvQI1rSg#!/incident/ESTA:190104449

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #495 on: January 25, 2019, 11:53:22 AM »
****in horrible day with this wind

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/residents-urged-to-flee-out-of-control-bushfire-in-east-gippsland-20190125-p50tln.html


https://twitter.com/vicemergency

An EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for GILLINGALL. Residents in the area could be impacted anytime within the next few hours. Leaving now is the safest option. Emergency Services may not be able to help if you decide to stay. Stay up to date: http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/6046/moreinfo … #VicFires

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #496 on: January 25, 2019, 06:53:42 PM »
7 fires at Aberfieldy. Think thats where they started a few years ago.

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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #497 on: January 27, 2019, 06:17:20 AM »
7 fires at Aberfieldy. Think thats where they started a few years ago.

Yup

This Advice message is being issued for Aberfeldy, Jericho, Red Jacket, Sullivans, Swingler, Thomson, Toner, Toombon, Matlock.

This Advice message replaces the Watch & Act Message issued at 6.45pm.

There is a bushfire 6km South of Matlock that is not yet under control.

The bushfire is travelling in a south-easterly direction towards the Thompson Dam.

Fire activity has decreased as a result of the weather.

CFA Tankers will remain in the Aberfeldy area overnight patrolling the area.

People are encouraged to call 000 if they see unattended flames.

Campers and travellers in the area should pay close attention to the situation.

There is currently no threat to you, but you should stay informed and monitor conditions.

What you should do:
Monitor warnings so you can act quickly if the situation changes.
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Impacts in your area:
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #498 on: January 27, 2019, 08:49:02 PM »
7 fires at Aberfieldy. Think thats where they started a few years ago.

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Jan 2013, a small burnoff got away from a property in Aberfeldy and overnight travelled about 50kms (as the crow flys) into Seaton towards Heyfield, Glenmaggie. A phenomenal travel speed apparently caused by specific, but not overly common, atmospheric conditions producing perfect localised wind speed and low humidity conditions.

Surprised many seasoned fire personal  (management and on ground).

Including me. Went to bed thinking nothing of it because it wasn't all that hot, or windy.

In fact right at moment is not hot, or windy either......  ??? ???

And the Timbarra fire burnt a heap Friday. Now almost to the Gelantipy Road. Hopefully they might be able to slow it down a bit when it gets into the grazing land.

Going to be a long season I think.
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Re: Victorian Fires
« Reply #499 on: January 27, 2019, 09:06:51 PM »
Brother lives at Seaton and managed to save his house through good management through that fire. He's even more cautious now. Got pumps and sprinklers everywhere. Still puts him on edge when the fires are close. Situation can change pretty quick.

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