Looking forward / desiring for this thread to be very quiet
Often have issues in Northern Beaches district with fuel moisture and local climate that prevent burns from being feasible. They have to account for the weather and fuel moistureTerry Hills RFS doing a set of pretty aggressive hazard reduction burns on the Sydney northern beaches this weekend - 27 degrees today and a sea breeze.
Looked at some of the details. Sounds like the traffic has been affected all day, due to crew safety for the burning, and now due to the increased activity. 7news helicopter live streamingYup.
Traffic heading home from down the coast heavily affected.
Good location for spectacular photos. I have seen plenty from crews. Typical of this coastal heath, plenty of flame, but they contained it with a secondary line and most of the activity seen was from the backburn put in to contain the extension. Focus was on looking after the historical assets in the areaRipped from Facebook:
Credit to Jordan Blake
I'll add that the new Australian Fire Danger Ranting Schemes, coupled with the Bureau's high-resolution ensemble forecast models, will help address these needs. See this report
Yeah I mentioned in the other 20/21 fire thread. Is mostly quite good, though the usual dose of misunderstanding, or completely incorrect information. I was on a few strike teams with Mullins, he is a good guy to have on the ground, with just a little bit of experienceAnyone see the ABC show last night on extreme weather or whatever it was called? With that dude from the Chaser. Some amazing footage, and more than a little terrifying in general!
And already Sydney fairies had been deployed to the north of the state for some time. I was helping a friend in Port Macquarie keep up to date with fire threatening her fathers house. The funny part being that he is a senior volunteer and was tied up, so the kids were in charge and not sure of what was going on. What a past 12 months we’ve had.Today 27/10 is the anniversary of the Gospers Mountain fire ignition.
We were driving home over Mt Lambie when wifey looked north and said WTF is that?!
Almost 2 months waiting and watching.Can’t imagine the impact for you of not only the result, but how long the worry was there for
Do you have shed access yet, or is it all locked off as a building site?Almost 2 months waiting and watching.
Thx to RFS and you for great intel!
Too much rain this week for the rebuild, so different to last year, yet overall, arctic sea ice hasn’t started to form this year yet, the latest in recorded history......
We were building a house in Mareeba some years ago and rented the house next door. I'd known the builder as a work customer for many years, he still hated the fact that we were there 24/7 watching over himShed almost finished to lockup, hopefully next week and then we can start to store some stuff in it. Will be sharing the space with the builder.
So many out camping, boatin, fishin last weekend when I drove around it's not a surprise that something could go wrong. Was damp in the morning but surprised how dry across the ranges up highMarysville tip on fire yesterday.
Today 2 fires in Narby - one 2km to the east (campfire escape?), the other in the southern part of Narby (burnoff that got away). Both still out of control.
Artisan, Ken explained that it was One of the earliest starts to the fire season on record. And the record specifically refers to the modern record of reliable meteorological data that can be used to objectively analyse fire weather risk. Finding a newspaper report of earlier extreme fires (which may or may not be exaggerated) in no way invalidates this.
I would suggest fire season relates to the bushfire danger period which around here runs from October to march . During this period you need a permit to burn due to heightened fire riskMichael, this idea of a particular date for a fire season seems to me is a recent invention, it is not something I ever heard around the farm areas until the last ten years or so. I suspect it is an artefact of our computer era where outputs of wx ‘models’ for public consumption need a set date - hence my question to Ken Kato to get a gist of it.
Re the historical use of the term ‘fire season’. Reading the few Trove articles that mention the term ‘fire season’ do not mention a start date as such. The impression I get from reading the old timer reporters in Trove is when a bush fire is seen it is now fire season.
My closer look at the recent focus on the use of ‘fire season’ as a metric to determine if a fire should or should not be burning relates directly to the focus on fuel load aspect that Ken argues against. From what I can see, if there is a high fuel load then the potential for a fire is there at any time of the year, it don’t matter what yer computer model tells you.
When dealing with bush fire risk using fuel load as the main metric, not the only metric, puts the onus back onto the relevant government officials and departments to properly attend to bush fire control. The current use of climate as the main metric allows incompetent do-nothing government officials and departments to hand-wave blame to the climate.
Worth a look! Gives a good insight as to when the bushfire seasons begin or have happened.
In NSW the fire season is the time of year when you need a permit to have a fire, and it runs from the start of October to the end of March. If conditions dictate, this can be extended, but requires government approval. Extensions are done on a shire basis, so if the northern Monaro is in the middle of a drought and a hot windy September is predicted the season is extended for the whole Snowy Monaro shire, even if we are under a metre of snow. The same applies to the daily fire danger ratings, if it is hot and windy at Bredbo they may call a High Fire Danger even though it could be pouring rain here. It seems to me that these area boundaries should have stayed as they were before the merger, but that horse has long bolted.I would suggest fire season relates to the bushfire danger period which around here runs from October to march . During this period you need a permit to burn due to heightened fire risk