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Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Ubiquitous Steve, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bears and I are hoping everybody is ganna be ok down in that part of Gippsland today and in comming days. [​IMG]
     
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  2. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    cfa website says it is now 25,000 hectares. already reached Licola rd. wind change now pushing it north east. no mention of baw baw, so let's hope it stays that way
     
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    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well to the east of Baw Baw, so should stay that way. Fires rarely move in a westerly direction. TG Narby's not on strike team this week [​IMG] although some of our guys who are also on DSE summer crew went there at 6am this morning.
     
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  4. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    With the wind change, there's pretty much nothing between the fire and Hotham other than dense bush amd mountains and Wonnangatta Station - no towns.
     
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    dossa5 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hey Curra
    We dont need any lightening here at the minute.
    You getting any of that wind yet.
     
  6. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I understand about the wind being unlikely to endanger Baw Baw, but it's hard not to worry when it's that close and that big
     
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  7. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    wind is still pretty light here. our anemometer is busted so I can't tell exactly. I'd say 5-10kts. There was a warning for severe winds above 900m but I haven't checked it lately
     
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  8. dossa5

    dossa5 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah we got that warning as well, and at the minute looking through the binoculars seems pretty quiet on the ridge tops.
    Some dark looking clouds around.

    Tecks- how far from you is the fire
     
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    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can't tell if the change has even come through here yet. Still warmish outside - no strong winds. All that's happened weather wise is that the sun is out - no longer overcast.

    Dossa, we'd be 70 km west of the fire - feeling very safe. Nicholas's dad is out fighting it though.

    Weather update - there is a gentle breeze from the south and a big band of cloud coming over the Great Dividing Range right now. Cloud band is fast moving.
     
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    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Forgot Lake Tali Karng - it could be in the firing line.
     
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    weerab One of Us

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    There's a school camp up there on the Macalister, wonder how that's going. It's called Wollongarra.
     
  12. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Still 28 deg here at Narby (330m asl)
     
  13. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    42.8 here (~300m asl)
    19% humidity
    almost still
    mainly blue sky, high cloud over the mountains

    we are a very long way from fires. just don't want any lightening or accidents
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    wind has just hit, estimating 20-25kts
    (WZ says 25kts W at Albury airport)
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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  16. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    But from what direction?
    Change came through here at about 1pm. Winds not overly strong, no thunder or lightning [​IMG]
     
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    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    This fire is impacting Lake Glenmagie, Dawson, Heyfield, Seaton NOW
    This fire is expected to impact Licola between the hours of 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
    [​IMG]
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not liking the look of this fire. Seriously hoping it can be held west of the Macalister and we don't get a few days of strong southerlies
     
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  20. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Even the optimistic bears are looking furtive and depressed with the potential of these Gippsland fires to burn a vast tract before they are controlled!!

    Bears are looking at the sky and wondering when its ganna rain again and hoping that its very soon!
    [​IMG]

    What is the possible fire size by saturday arvo?What small towns will be impacted after Licola.Is it ganna make it to Jamieson on its projected course over the next few days??
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was chatting to a guy from parks. Certainly very concerned about how this could develop.
     
  22. dossa5

    dossa5 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Curra- notice a small fire on buffalo road, not sure what type
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cfa website has it as "small" "non-structure". Not sure how to interpret that.
     
  24. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Jamieson should be safe - unless the wind is from the SSE (in which case Woods Point would probably be threatened (again) )
     
  25. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Means it's not a structure! [​IMG]
    It's probably someone with a campfire or similar. How many trucks? If only one, it probably means they are not all concerned about it.
     
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  26. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK, 2 trucks. If they were at all worried, they'd have sent at least 1 strike team (5 trucks). I certainly wouldn't be concerned at this stage.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks teckel. More or less what I had assumed. No updates, no warnings, few trucks.

    Btw local abc radio was dead here for a long time today
     
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    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bluddy television, reporters all talking about fires at Baw Baw!
    Nowhere near the resort, Thompson dam is between us and the fire.
    Been fielding lots of phone calls from folks asking how we are!
     
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    dossa5 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fire now safe- woodheap reignited.
     
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    Ubiquitous Steve Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Problem is ganna be the spotting over long distances.Hope wind speed is low low low!!

    There is lots of dry heavy fuel for miles & miles.

    Hoping poor Licola is ganna be alright.They seem to be on recieving end of so much damage from fires and floods.

    Wonder if USA can supply couple more sky cranes for NSW & VIC to share:i think DSE should be making enqires about them!!

     
  32. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't know if this summer is any worse than the average summer. I feel the main difference is that Sydney TV stations have discovered it's newsworthy.
     
  33. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    worse than the last 2summers
    maybe not worse than the average vic summer
    temps do seem higher than average for nsw
     
  34. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    The last 2 summers? There have been summers in the last 2 years? [​IMG]
    As an example, Narby CFA had a mere 9 callouts for the whole of 2012, and that number includes car accidents. It would have to be the least number of call outs by a long shot in the history of Narby.
     
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  35. dossa5

    dossa5 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This woodheap burned 4 mths ago and started again after being dug up by a dozer. amazing
     
  36. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Are you talking about the Buffalo incident? Why were shuffling it round with a dozer on a TFB?
     
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    Yes Buffalo incident.

    No not me Tecks, someone else and I was thinking the same thing.
    It's over the ridge at the back of us.

    Talk about doing silly things on a TBA, neighbours next door are getting a pool installed and the contractors were using all sots of tools.

    I met Nicholas's dad and had a great chat with him, such a humble hero.
     
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    Hmm. Fire at Millingandi near Merimbula, two homes and two sheds lost there. Wife has family there. Not good.
     
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    Saw that on news. Princes Hwy closed too, if that is useful.
     
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    Yeah, closed at the road to Millingndi, at yellow Pinch
     
  41. teckel

    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    Current warning for Licola says:
    If it's working towards Mt Useful, it's travelling in a NW direction!
     
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    1 fatality, in burnt out car in/near Seaton. [​IMG]
     
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    teckel Not a Loser Ski Pass: Gold

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    [​IMG] Uughhh [​IMG] Poor buggar. Trying to escape. People know it's the wrong thing to do, but not always avoidable.
     
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    They think this thing will be burning for at least two weeks. Are you likely to be on strike duty in that time Teckel?
     
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    Will come on strike team duty in 9 days for a week. However, by that stage I'd expect the fire to be in remote areas - ie: DSE areas, not CFA areas - which suits me fine. CFA fights fires on private property whereas DSE fights fires in the bush. Not an exact division, but reasonably approximate. These days we work together fairly well - side by side in rural areas.
     
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    For those who are trying to figure out the boundaries of the fire, this is the best I can find:
    http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/1244010/latest-map-of-the-heyfield-fire/?cs=1450

    Not sure of the time. On the map itself, it says:4:39 (not am or pm) but the comment says "Fire situation as 11.10am Friday. Map released by the State Control Centre at 4pm"

    Thomson Dam (long skinny one) on upper left, Lake Glenmaggie (round one) on lower right.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    So presumably since then it has moved north east.

    Thanks for the map, couldn't find anything at dse or main media
     
  48. teckel

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    Yup. That map doesn't show it impacting Heyfield either, so it must be a morning map.
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just found an updated map link on cfa site
    here 9pm tonight. Not a huge change

    Sorry, inserting an image from the PDF from an iPad is too painful
     
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    From iPad. [​IMG]

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