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Discussion in 'General & World' started by Rush, Jun 6, 2019.
Fires close to Perth now - Kwinana Freeway is closed.
I feel like Baldivis goes up every year, these days.
I know it's largely low-scrub grassland but could be a trend for litter bugs or firebugs.
Historically how much of an issue have winter fires been in Australia - they are a major problem in Japan and in some parts of the US.
Paging @piolet @filski mind the washing tomorrow
Noticed a neighbouring RFS brigade in the Illawarra starting to get median-strip-alight jobs. Seems to be how it starts at the second half of winter of late. Median-strip jobs building up to larger fires through spring. Saved along the coast in summer hopefully by some coastal rain and humid NE sea breeze, but this doesn't usually reach far inland.
Emergency Warning tonight for a bushfire south of Newcastle. She's dry out there, anything that gets going with a bit of wind behind it will be a tricky job.
Northern NSW WTF? Sydney/Illawarra crews going up to Coffs!
Outta control grass fire at Lidsdale lotsa sirens going through Lithgow atm, v windy and a dust storm approaching too.
RFS crews not just to Coffs, also to Qld today. Plus standbys around Sydney
Sounds like about 30 trucks at that one, plus some aircraft. Sounds somewhat contained
Meanwhile Tenterfield has just gone to Emergency Warning. Fire impacting homes
@Untele-whippet Lithgow giving the crews a hard time. They're upgrading and requesting more assistance
Its in the pines at Lidsdale...that won"t be pretty.
Really blustery strong winds here and stupid warm for the first week of Sept.
Hopefully the change brings some precipitation, maybe even snow tonight.
Lidsdale now upgraded to Emergency.
Masses of tankers RFS and townies heading there past our work
Now 4x fires at Emergency Warning - 2 at/near Tenterfield, 1 at Armidale, and Lithgow has been upgraded.
Some concerns with incoming weather to cause erratic behaviour, and spotting and forward spread has been an issue
Change has come through Lithgow, cold and heavy rain now.
That'll help heaps if there is rain. Also likely to leave a heap of fireys now wet and freezing cold coz they probably didn't pack their winter woolies when heading out on this job.
Was sleeting in Lithgow when I left work.
Sleeting in Mt Victoria also.
This doesn't sound good for Stanthorpe.
❗️Emergency Warning ❗️Continues tonight for Stanthorpe > SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY: STANTHORPE (formerly Amiens) bushfire as at 8.30pm Fri 6 Sept
Bushfire warning level: EMERGENCY WARNING
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire approaching Stanthorpe. People in the area are in imminent danger and need to seek shelter now to survive.
Do not attempt to leave the area. Driving now would be extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. If you are not in the area, do not return.
Currently as at 8.30pm, Friday 6 September, a large and fast-moving fire is impacting Glenlyon Drive, Amiens Road and the New England Highway. It is travelling in an easterly direction towards Nelson Crescent, McLeod Court and Michelle Road (in Happy Valley). It is expected to impact Nelson Crescent, McLeod Court and Michelle Road (in Happy Valley).
The New England Highway is closed north and south of Stanthorpe.
Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters are unable to prevent the fire advancing.
The fire poses a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: shelter now. Water and mobile phone service may be lost. Power has been lost in the Stanthorpe township and Ergon are assessing the situation.
People in the area will be affected by thick smoke and embers, which will reduce visibility and air quality. As the fire approaches, it will become difficult for you to see, hear, and breathe. You will experience intense heat, darkness, and loud noise.
An evacuation centre is open at Stanthorpe Fitness Centre, however driving now would be extremely dangerous.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
• Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
• Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.
• Identify a safe spot to shelter in, which would be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors. The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire. As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change, so be ready to move.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
• Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at
https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at
• Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
• For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
• For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au
The next update will be provided by 10.30pm or if the situation changes.
10 homes lost on the Sunshine coast (Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach).
Forum members in the firing line.
Not good at all...
Year 9 boys from Coolum high have been charged
I was just going to post that..
It looks like it may flare up with a southerly this arvo
737 water bomber brought into use
Saw it on flightradar earlier when looking for something else. It looked like it had done a number of circuits which is unusual - usually the lead-in Birddog does all that and LAT just follows. It also did drops on some of the other fires today as well
Correction, 4 flights to Yamba, plus the 1 to the Sunshine Coast today
It's actually done quite a few flights into Qld over the previous few days
Bad fires in QLD and NSW today.
1 house lost in the Lockyer Valley
And in Tenterfield again.
yep - not good in northern NSW - Rappville looks to have been hit hard
Up to 20 homes and structures are destroyed in the village of Rappville.
How are you faring?
OK thanks. Couple of nervous nights and days.
VSG, there has been an alert pop up on the RFS website that a fire has flared up on Crestwood Drive at Verde Retreat. I have rung my mother and told her to get prepared to leave at short notice as there is only one exit from the estate. She lives at the end of a cul-de-sac off Crestwood next to the bush reserve. I believe it's not far from you.
mind you a nor easter is probably ok.
True, but the wind can change direction quickly. Better to be prepared.
My mother is remarkably calm, she has packed up valuables and photos, got the cat cage out and put the car in the driveway ready to load it if need be.
That NE end appears mostly to be burned out - was where the fire was escalating yesterday. More the SSE areas that are currently under threat. Watching the maps creep toward a good friends' parents house in Lake Cathie. It's already spotted fursther to the SSE but is still burning toward the bush on their land.
Another big one further SE. Whole area is getting smashed.
It's a potential wind change that has me concerned. The bushland down the western end of the Crestwood estate has burned but there is a reserve running all the way up to Ocean Drive that hasn't been burned and that's the one my mother's home adjoins. A south-westerly wouldn't be good.
High level forecast is N-NE for the next few days.
Based on latest maps, looks like it's going to burn all the way out to the highway at least
Sorry, referring to the southern spot fire that's established west of Lake Cathie. Some big forest sections in there
Yes, the trees on Houston Mitchell Drive are huge. I see from the RFS website that the spot fires are close to Peyton Place (oops, Ocean Club Over 50s Lifestyle Resort)
Good news, the flare up at Crestwood Drive and Verde Retreat is now under control.
NSW has 3 fires at Emergency Warning - all up north, and a couple at Watch and Act on the mid coast. This weather is causing issues again
Lots of property protection has gone in as i understand it from friends at Lake Cathie, however ember risk is still live.
Do you live on the mid north coast? Do you know someone who does? This is important information about dangerous conditions which are forecast today.
There is several fires burning to the west of Port Macquarie and Kempsey.
Bad fire weather is forecast today and these fires are likely to join up and burn quickly towards the Pacific Highway.
If you're in the area shown on this map, you need to monitor conditions. This includes anyone in the area north of the Oxley Highway, west of the Pacific Highway, and south of the Armidale Road. If your plan is to leave, leave early before the fire threatens.
Leaving early is your safest option.
Stay up to date on the fire situation at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates/mfu?id=3979
Listening to some of the radio traffic up there, we're going to have some more losses in the news later. Crews are stretched and they're being moved around as best as possible. Strike teams everywhere
Part of the challenge, with so many incidents in the area, it's a challenge to sort the intel that comes in efficiently