Bushfire Gippsland, NE Victoria & Alpine Fires

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  1. Kimski

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    So sad. When will all this end :(
     
  2. Untele-whippet

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    Unfortunately not until we get proper rain.
    Tomorrow is bad, then next Saturday and on it blardy goes! :(
     
  3. DiscoStuAU

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    I know a lot of the members of this forum have already been speaking about their experiences, what they're dealing with & seeing. For a lot of us we will also know people and families impacted as well.

    For anyone in need of someone to talk to, please remember that Beyond Blue is always a quick call away and can be used for any circumstance by anyone: 1300 22 4636

    Here is some information on how to support our volunteers fighting these horrible fires:
    https://www.theguardian.com/austral...er-firefighters-in-australias-bushfire-crisis

    Donating to charities - clothes, household goods etc would also no doubt be welcome too.
     
  4. Kimski

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    Good post Disco Stu.

    I’ve found the fires pretty upsetting and I live in inner suburbia. Then I feel guilty because I’m not in any danger. Still, I am grieving for those that have lost their houses, possessions and animals as well as for the habitat and native fauna lost. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing I could just wake up tomorrow and find it was all a nightmare
     
  5. Big_Red_60

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    Vic emergency app now showing fire at our place. That's what 3 years of drought will do. This is truly f*cked! Sorry for language, but it really is. Hope everyone else in the area is safe.
     
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    Just as well you got out. :thumbs:
     
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    When you can, let us know how things are going for you.
     
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    Sorry to read that. Hopefully your place comes out of it ok with little or rather no damage.
     
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    Don't be sorry Big Red it's an appropriate word for the situation.
    At least you seem to be in a safe place with friends.
     
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    All my prayers go out to u big red and all the other people that are right in the thick of these horrible fires!! I really really hope u haven’t lost your house red I really hope u get to go home and she’s still there!!
    Big wind change moving through the strezleckis over the past 30 min or so! Pretty much a dry change so far!!
     
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    When are the Vicco Luddites going to get a fire app sorted. The website is rubbish compared to nsw offerings.
     
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  12. plink01

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    Yeah it's pretty clunky and temperamental. I wouldnt wanna be relying on it in the heat of if the moment!
     
  13. currawong

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    There is an app, vicemergency. It's pretty crap, but i think fnm is too.
     
  14. ralphplough

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    I find fires near me ok, not awesome, but ok. Much better than the vicco website.
     
  15. chicski

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    There’s a FNM Australia app which joins them all together. Which is frankly horrifying to look at.
     
  16. D-eye

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    The downside to that app is each state depends on what information that state supplies and they aren't consistent, so a state may appear as though everything is out, even though they are all marked.
     
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    I have all the stock safely off property ,luckily we had smaller numbers than usual ,dogs and wifey gone with them to a mates place on the western side of the Hume Hwy ,just my brother and me left here now with the mighty Triton sitting in the drive full of gear we may need to escape in a hurry. Fire has crossed into our valley now and slowly getting closer. For those that know the area I am situated along River Road just past the intersection with Munderoo Ournie Road. River Road starts at the Jingelic pub and goes through to Welaragang. You can see a couple of fire units running along River Road in the photos Getting a little troublesome now and maybe only 5 or so kms away although not heading straight for us. I hope all the campers along the river had the good sense to leave earlier today.
     
  18. Ubiquitous Steve

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    Stay safe...our thoughts are with you country people....
     
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    Can't even imagine mate.... stay safe and please keep us updated when safe to do so!
     
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    Thinking of you, @Kelpieboy . Fingers crossed your place (and stock) is spared and everyone stays safe.
     
  23. Untele-whippet

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    Joisus!
    Stay safe peeps.
    Mega scary stuff!
     
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    Grim.
     
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    Don't hang around if you don't need to. Be safe.
     
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    Did your mates get out? Hope so, unbelievable stuff.
     
  27. balmz

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    It's difficult to sit here in suburbia and think about going to bed when "down the road" some of you guys and others are dealing with sh*t like this.
     
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    Yeah they did mate. I feel sick in my guts sitting in a shitty motel feeling helpless.

    They are at their folks place in Metung which is getting the odd spot fire so it ain't over.

    Change thru Sale, still a way off impacting fire zones.
     
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    Sorry to hear that mate ,this drought's been a bad one.
     
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    Township of Buchan is burning. Not sure of extent yet, but not looking good. Firies trying to save Bruthen.
     
  33. Kelpieboy

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    This isnt my photo ,a mate from down in Walwa sent it to me. He has since bailed out to safety but as they say a picture says a thousand. At my place my brother and I are taking turns patrolling on the bikes watching for ember attacks and taking bottled water down to the firies on River Road ,Tooma Brigade is right in front of us at the moment.
     
  34. Kelpieboy

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    It was nw now due west.
     
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    Shit
     
  36. Untele-whippet

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    Feeling for you!
     
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    Walwa fire is into the Burrowa-Pine Mountain NP according to CFA map.
     
  38. Untele-whippet

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    Make sure you can get out before you can’t!
    There is NO way to defend against that firestorm.
    We stayed for ember attack but got out before it hit.
    Friends who stayed are lucky to be alive, they couldn’t escape when the shite hit the fan. Horrific and scary phone calls as it came through!
    Don’t be a man, be sensible!
     
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    This one is a real worry given seasonal prevailing winds.
     
  40. Kelpieboy

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    We are ok ,the head of the fire seems to be going past to the west of us ,great work from the fire crews with a little help from the natural wind tunnel between the hills. Ember attack watch for a while then probably head out to my mates place over the other side of the Hume Hwy for a snooze.
    Meanwhile I really fear for these poor people down near Bairnsdale , another mate who we helped with some agistment last summer just sent me this ,its taken from his inlaws backyard in Bairnsdale. now this sky is bloody terrifying to me.
     
  41. Untele-whippet

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    We have a neighbour who was a kid in Snug in 67, he saw the sky last week and left immediately. He said he had seen such a sky once and it was terrifying and evil!
    Stay safe, it sounds like you’ve got it sussed.
     
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    Thats the fire I am reporting on ,its still out of control do a degree (they cant stop it but they have had some success in turning it about 45 degrees). Tintaldra and Cudgewa shouldnt be worried for a while yet but you never know what will happen when the change hits at around 4am.
     
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    To all in and around any threatened area , be smart ,be prepared ,stay safe. I am off to see the Tooma crew and thank them with a few bottles for later ,probably shout them a few when its over as well then a few patrols before heading off for some kip. My brother is staying till I return around 5am ,then he can get some shuteye.
     
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    Reading all this from safety in Thredbo.
    Wishing everyone best of luck overnight and next day or two...

    Knowing of all the family/friends of family in the Lakes/Bruthen - this is a big worry. Makes my concern for how to approach Sydney on Thursday seem rather trivial. For now?

    Take care.
    SG.
     
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    This has not been a good day....nor will it be a happy night.Take care all those out on those little trucks...keep working...stay safe .....we all know there has been massive damage out there....just take care On those little trucks ....:thumbs:
    Screw those New Year’s Eve fireworks ......
     
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    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDV21033.shtml
    Severe Thunderstorm Warning

    for DAMAGING, LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS
    For people in parts of East Gippsland and North East Forecast Districts.

    Issued at 1:59 am Tuesday, 31 December 2019.

    FIRE INITIATED THUNDERSTORMS OVER EASTERN VICTORIA DRIVING ERRATIC GUSTY CONDITIONS
    Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very localised damaging, possibly destructive winds in the warning areas over the next several hours. These thunderstorms are being generated by fire activity. Locations which may be affected include Corryong, Mallacoota, Chandlers Creek and Combienbar.

    The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
    * Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
    * Stay indoors and away from windows.
    * If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
    * If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
    * Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
    * Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
    * Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.
     
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    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDV21037.shtml

    Severe Weather Warning
    for DAMAGING WINDS
    For people in parts of East Gippsland, North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts.

    Issued at 10:08 pm Monday, 30 December 2019.

    Hot and windy conditions today ahead of a cool change
    A low pressure trough over central Victoria will cross eastern Victoria later tonight and the east during Tuesday morning. Strong and gusty north to northwesterly winds will shift squally southwest to southerly following the change.

    DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are expected over Alpine areas (above 1200 metres) this evening and Tuesday morning.

    Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold by mid morning Tuesday.

    Isolated thunderstorms over remaining districts, near and ahead of the change, may also produce damaging wind gusts up to 110 km/h as well as localised dust storms. Separate warnings will be issued for these thunderstorms as required.

    Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Ballarat, Geelong, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

    Highest gusts to 9:50pm today:

    - 104km/h at Walpeup (6:47pm)

    - 96km/h at Hopetoun (8:45pm)

    - 94km/h at Puckapunyal (7:37pm) and Mt Hotham (4:10pm)

    - 93km/h at Kilmore Gap (4:23pm) and St Kilda (4:10pm)
     
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    Issued Today at 1:32 AM.

    This Emergency Warning is being issued for Bellbird Creek, Bete Bolong, Brodribb River, Cabbage Tree Creek, Cape Conran, Corringle, Jarrahmond, Manorina, Marlo, Murrungowar, Newmerella, Nurran, Orbost, Simpsons Creek, Tabbara, Waygara.

    • This bushfire is now approximately 4km from Orbost and has crossed the Yalmy Road.
    • Ash and embers are falling in nearby communities which can potentially start spot fires.
    • The Princes Highway is closed between Lakes Entrance and Genoa.
    • There is a south westerly wind change that is expected at approximately 2am that will make the north east side of the fire active.
    • This fire is threatening homes and lives.
    • The Orbost Cricket Club in Nicholson Street has been set up as an assembly area for those in nearby communities who wish to gather within the township if you do not have any safer options.
    You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

    The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave.

    If you are in the following Orbost, Marlo, Cabbage Tree and surrounding areas it is too late to leave, the safest option is to seek shelter indoors or in built up areas.

    The Orbost Cricket Club in Nicholson Street has been set up as an assembly area for those in nearby communities who wish to gather within the township if you do not have any safer options.
     
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    http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/#!/warning/10792/moreinfo
    Issued Today at 3:16 AM.

    This Emergency Warning is being issued for Mallacoota, Gipsy Point, Tamboon, Club Terrace, Combienbar and surrounds.
    • This Emergency Warning replaces the Emergency Warning issued at 10.40pm on 30/12/2019.
    • There are currently two bushfires that are not yet under control.
    • One fire is currently travelling from Wingan River in an easterly direction towards Mallacoota.
    • The second fire is travelling from Goongerah in a south easterly direction towards Chandlers Creek
    • Ash and embers are falling ahead of the main fires, which may cause spot fires.

    MALLACOOTA-This message is for people at Mallacoota and surrounding communities
    There is potential that this fire will be at the Western Boundary of Mallacoota by daylight 31/12/19
    It is too late to leave , the safest option is to shelter indoors.
    An assembly area has been established at the Mallacoota Main Community Hall at Allan Drive.
    The Genoa-Mallacoota Road is closed.


    TAMBOON & BEMM RIVER-
    This message is for people at Tamboon, Furnell, Bemm River and surrounding communities
    The bushfire is travelling away from Tamboon area in an easterly direction
    It is too late to leave, shelter in place, stay aware of the current situation and ensure you remain vigilant.


    CANN RIVER, CLUB TERRACE & COMBIENBAR-
    -This message is for people at Cann River, Club Terrace and surrounding communities
    Spot fires and embers are starting fires up to 15km ahead of the main fire
    The fire has now crossed the Bonang Road and is moving towards Combienbar
    It it too late to leave, shelter in place, stay aware of the current situation and ensure you remain vigilant.