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Victorian Fires

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by sam76, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. sam76

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    Also hot, 46.4 before. And windy :-(
    makes it even worse

    Good luck to people in Kilmore and Horsham and Dandenongs
     
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    Actually stepping outside all see is a huge plume of smoke bellowing into the air. Maybe good luck to me also lol:eek:
     
  4. sam76

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    FDI was 308 today at 2:30 in Ballarat

    Scale only goes up to 100 (extreme)!!!


    nasty stuff

    change due any minute.

    (you can the people of Coleraine to that list)
     
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    This is the view from my window in Melbourne CBD. Very hot, very windy and very brown.
     

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    Got a call from Mum on Thursday night. She moved down to Wilsons Prom because her house was surrounded by fires. I hope the house is still there next week. :(
     
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    I so hope everyone in the vicinity of the fires stays safe. I've never seen a real bushfire. Must be utterly terrifying.
    This is a very savage country.
     
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    I've had that "fire raging straight toward you and the whole town is about to go up in smoke" experience and it's one I'll never forget.

    It's right up there with any major life event. Indeed it tops most of them even though, thankfully, the wind dropped just in time and relatively few houses were damaged. I never want that experience again.

    Best of luck to everyone in Victoria.
     
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    My thoughts are with all of you who are in the way of these fires. I'll take floods and the odd cyclone any day compared with what I have seen on the TV news.

    For those things out there that deliberately start these fires, maybe if caught a part of the punishment should be burning every possession they own and hold dear in front of them.. :mad:
     
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    Spare a thought for the impact this will have on nature, wildlife etc.

    Whilst most homes made of bricks and mortar will hopefully be saved, those in trees, hollow logs or underground - where the animals live - are being totally destroyed by the fires.

    Likewise their food and water is wiped out too. Many animals that survive the fire end up dead due to lack of shelter, food and water.

    I don't want to get political here, but forget commercial forestry, dams, mines and so on. The impact of major fires makes all that seem rather trivial in terms of animals killed, area of land impacted etc. This is a disaster, no doubt about it.:2twocents
     
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    At least 14 dead and probably more - estimated to be around 40 dead.

    Sympathies and hope extended to all involved.

    The smell of burnt flesh is not pleasant. Lara bushfires in the 1960's.
     
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    25 dead now maybe 40.

    Somethings not right here, with all we know about bushfires how can this happen surely someone should have told these people to get out, ordered them out.
     
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    That's humanity Mr.Burns.

    Surely someone has told you to get out of holding before or some other form of property?

    It's terrible to watch your life go up in smoke.

    But we are all born in a sunburnt country. As Banjo would say!
     
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    People can't be made to leave their houses in Victoria.

    From memory it's just NSW.

    That's why the CFA puts so much effort and money into teaching/helping people to make bushfire plans.

    if you want more information look at the link or send me a pm

    http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/residents/programs/cfg.htm
     
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    80-90% of Marysville burnt to crisp according to BBC News.

    What a lush beautiful world to suffer.

    I vividly remember twenty years ago feeding possums citrus fruits by my palm at the local falls in Marysville.

    How terrible it's all been engulfed with fire!

    Time we look more into land managment in Victoria and consult the indigenous people on what we should do!
     
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    There are currently 8 going fires over 1000ha.


    Further update on the Marysville township:
    We understand that everyone is safe in Marysville and are assembled at Gallipoli Park. Emergency response crews are working on getting emergency services into the town; however crews were experiencing difficulty gaining access to the town due to trees falling across the road. People are reminded to remain at Gallipoli Park until advised by DSE or CFA authorities that it is safe to leave. Vic SES and the Red Cross delivered food and drink to the residents and fire fighters who are sheltering at the Gallipoli Park relief centre early this morning. Residents will be escorted from the area when it is safe to do so.
     
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    We were just talking about the 'stay and fight' or 'pack and go' options that people in SA are given. I dont get the 'stay and fight' thought. OK, some people are lucky, or more likely the fire misses them; but if you are caught within the full rage, you have no chance. Can't people see the bare black stubble that remains when your house is in the direct line. Whether your house is saved from bushfire is more due to good luck than whether you are there to fight it because once you are in the path of the firestorm there is nothing you can do.

    So surely it is best to evacuate well before it gets to that stage. Like, hours before and not the last minute. They interviewed someone last night who said that they had always planned to stay and fight. But then the shocking reality of what that actually meant, hit home and they evacuated.

    RIP to all those people who have lost.
     
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    Bunyip National Park

    When that's under control..people can breathe a sigh of relief..but not yet! :(
     
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