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Discussion in 'General & World' started by Majikthise, Jul 24, 2018.
NSW Hunter Valley fires causing problems....
We are currently in Edmonton BC and the sun is not to been seen. The smoke is far thicker than any Sydney burn off day and the primary BC wildfires are 800 kms away.
Just had 3 days of fires here in Port Stepehens. New are about 8km the other side of the fires. Crazy photos from last night, but looks like property damage has been minimal.
And been communicating with a firie friend in Lake Louise/Canmore and they are still getting hammered with fires- it’s on around the globe.
Not Living in Aus, I have a Question that May seem Dumb to You Guys....
But WHAT Starts these Fire's and WHY and HOW do They Get Out of Control So Easily????
Dry lightning strikes, flashing powerlines in high winds, sparks from machinery, cigarette stubs thrown from car windows, arsonists etc.
Once there is ignition, combined with high winds, low humidity and eucalyptus oil it’s varoom!
Embers can be blown a long way down wind, sometimes kilometres, to start spot fires ahead of the burning front.
I HOPE All These Fires Die a Wet Death Soon!!!
Then Maybe there should be some Serious thought on Managing some of These Places so that They Don't get as Bad Again.....
Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre CEO Richard Thornton says we need year-round fire warnings
Reasonable story, BS headline. The warning systems are year-round. Just the declared period is not, and people's perceptions aren't keeping up with the extended season.
Have seen the official bits of paper that now Sydney regions will have official season declared on Saturday.
Severe fire risks all over the state of NSW tomorrow. You can thank (or hate on) the wind and some warm anoms for that.
Yep - gone all total fire ban and pre emptive strike teams - hopefully the wind does not get up as predicted
Not oz but BC
Team Bears wondering if this could operate out of Mitta Mitta International Airport.....is the drome long enough?would give the working dogs something to bark at!
Don't forget Zeus
Fires causing grief in Nth Qld...Approx Cairns..
Walsh River under attack.
Blackdown Tablelands National Park ?
Dozen Bushwalkers rescued that were trapped by fire fronts in BT. Nat.Park.
Coal seam alight on Mt Airly..
Gardens of Stone may have it's own "burning mountain" for awhile.
Meanwhile in the Hunter Valley we've had rain every day for more than a week. I had the local RFS permit officer call in this morning to write me a permit so I can burn off some stumps and crap left over from cutting up winter firewood for the house.
Best to do it in the next fortnight or so while the ground's wet.
Outlook is turning decidely ungood - appears to be little chance of more rain across the south east in coming weeks. Might be just a case of the rain so far has simply watered the grasses that will soon dry out and become the fuse.
Today feels bad.
Already bloody warm.
Gusty NW winds
Decent fire 8km NW of Tuggeranong, Pierces Creek State Forest. Currently @50ha and watch and act. If they can keep it contained will end up 200ha, if not some risk to Tuggeranong.
Fire, dust storm and thunderstorm all at once. Very eerie afternoon enacting our bushfire plan while its raining.
How are things unfolding on the outskirts of the Capital??
R the Greens running around bleating out something about “Climate change”.
A lightning strike started a blaze north east of Mt Hay., pretty remote, winds will push it all ways today , rain tomorrow hopefully.
20-35 mm forecast tomorrow, that’s the most in ages.....hopefully.
At least 9 dead
Not good in the Hunter
I was about 15mins late for the road being cut off, only just got home via the beach.
Yeah about 1530 the first Emergency warning was issued for the Salt ash area which cops it multiple times per year. About 15 minutes later our brigade was paged for an immediate strike team response, that’s about 2 hours drive - did the same in 2013. Then a bit later Weston went to emergency warning as well. The wind is pushing things hard.
Meanwhile in Zetland a few skip bins next to an apartment building caught fire (bit sus) and did some decent damage to the first 3 floors
Salt Ash fire flared up again, all roads closed. If/when it jumps Nelson Bay Road there will be no stopping it until it gets to Anna Bay
My folks are at Shoal Bay so relatively safe but I reckon some parts of that forest in from Medowie has burnt nearly every year across the last 3 or so years. Surprised there's much ground fuel left.
Yeah some of it got burnt in August but its mostly south and going in a different direction from last time.
Things not looking very good in the Nthn state.....
Those max temps are disturbing.
Stay safe .......we hope some rain comes soon....
Nasty things are going diwn to our north......
Surreal looking pics......
Ballarat seems to have some action this arvo....
Fire down at little river.
Evacuation order in effect.
Serious grass fire near Geelong Rd Little River....out of control atm.
It seems they evacuate at the drop of a hat these days.
Interesting this one though. Half the brigades are paid fire-fighters (UFU) and the other half volunteers. The first real test of how they work together I expect under the new EBA. Could be smooth, or could be a shemozzle.