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Perisher fire defences

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by mauricem, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. mauricem

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    Not looking good for PB or Thredbo. Im sure we've all seen the results of past fires at Guthega. Can the resort defend infrastructure? There's obviously the capacity to pump water to all snow making areas (assuming pipes haven't been pulled up for summer works) and I'm sure they'll make sure the main centre is protected but theres a lot of terrain with assets which I can't see being safely defended in a worst case scenario. Hope I'm wrong.
     
  2. cold wombat

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    Lots of lodges in Perisher will be utterly ****ed if a decent fire gets in there.

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    I know Thredbo has a localised fire brigade in the village. Does Perisher?
     
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    Perisher lodges are really dispersed surrounded by shrubs and trees and, at best, the RFS has 2 trucks. They might save a few lodges but very few.
     
  6. chicski

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    Retained only. Many of the firies are also parks staff who may well be away fighting other fires.
     
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  7. cornice11

    cornice11 One of Us

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    Whatre you basing this off? Quite alarmist.
     
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    Some pretty large... Huge fires burning within 10-15kms of thredbo.
    Thredbo has two tankers on Station. None more will arrive.
    Hopefully the wind pushes the front sou East below thredbo.
     
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    A terrible thing to think but this could be the best thing that ever happened to Perisher. A chance to rebuild with a proper village.
     
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  10. Alleve

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    There are massive fires that have been deemed "out of control" by the RFS. Thredbo has put together its snowmaking system, and I'm assuming Perisher has done the same. The entire KNP has been evacuated to prevent loss of life. This image taken from the Thredbo page shows how large the fires are and their proximity to the resorts. This image of Valley Terminal in Thredbo, also taken from the Thredbo page, shows the density of the smoke.

    These fires are the worst KNP has ever seen as admitted by the RFS, and unlike the 2003 fires there's only a fraction of the resources available. These fires are large, they're uncontrollable and they're very destructive. It is certainly not alarmist to be concerned about these fires.
     
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    Have you been asleep the last few days?
     
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  12. cornice11

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    Alarmist maybe the wrong word - difficult to find accurate info with so mnay fires on the go and resources stretched. Very alarming indeed!
     
  13. Ted Harper

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    I checked the Front Valley camera a few minutes ago and the fan gun line under the V8 was running. Looked back now and they are off (but have just been turned to face straight down the hill towards the Perisher Centre) and the fan and lance guns over towards Goat's Gulley are running.



    (edited 10:50am to add photos)

    That's all they've got basically, aside from the however many firies spread incredibly thinly :(
     
  14. Kopite

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    Must be gut wrenching for anyone who's livelihood is based there. Fingers crossed for some good fortune.
     
  15. Ted Harper

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    All the resort's cameras have just gone offline, including the live video from Blue Cow terminal in YouTube. Hopefully they have just been taken offline for reasons, rather than there being a power or comms outage.
     
  16. Ian D

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    In 2003 our cams were linked on the big screens in the state control rooms as a way of monitoring the situation. I doubt the powers that be in control rooms would request any resource turned off. Possible resorts may consider it a marketing decision, more likely power issues.
     
  17. Ted Harper

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    The Gunama lodge cam (https://www.ski.com.au/snowcams/australia/nsw/perisherblue/perisher-smiggins-gunumalodge.html) is still updating, or was 1/2 hour ago, so at least that should mean the power is up in the resort and there is comms from there, so presumably the snowmaking system can still be run and controlled remotely rather than the possibility of it being dead in the water.

    I very much hope the cameras have not been killed for any marketing reason - Lots of us on here have some sort of financial and/or business connection to the resort (I am a shareholder in a lodge in Smiggins and one in Guthega - and an ex-director of the Guthega one) and I'm sure I am not the only one who would rather know what is going on than not know...
     
  18. Ozgirl

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    Would hate for anyone to be alarmist now would we??
     
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    Looks like Vail may have done it. Falls Creek, Hotham and Perisher have all had their cameras cut. All other resorts are still online.
     
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    Bastards.
     
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    Don't want their shareholders seeing their assets razed.
     
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    PB rain from BoM has 5 to 28mm possible Sun to Tue. Every drop needed..W
     
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    Bet there will be a bit of argy bargy over control of resources and authority to act when this is over.
     
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    Hotham Summit 360 still operating.
     
  27. teckel

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    Shhhh!!! If Vail reads this, they'll shut it down.
     
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    Wow!!!
    Some of their cams are back online! Well done, Perisher.
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    The resorts will be a green oasis in the midst of drought! Quite ironic!
     
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    Cams at Perisher now showing Rain. Phew! Not over, but more betterer.
     
  31. Ozgirl

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    Yeah, mum just said it's been raining for 1/2hr in Jindy. We need a few days of that!
     
  32. teckel

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    Meanwhile, CP don't seem to be concerned. Put all their guns with their snow ploughs on dirt for protection from flame, but not for protection of assets.
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    Perisher firies were pointing guns at the chalet.
     
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    Teckel, they are always in that spot.
     
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    So, they've done nothing :(
     
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    So good. My parents married in there in 1953. :)
     
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    Good. Hadn't seen that. :)
     
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    My kids learned to ski there. Fond memories.
     
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    national treasure
     
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