Fires in Australia

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  1. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Hope all of you fellas 'Down Under' are safe - and not too close to the fires....
     
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    Thanks Peter, we are alright ATM as the real problems are in NSW and Queensland. Our turn is coming though as it is bone dry after little rainfall in 3 years...worst drought on record.

    Catastrophic fires are how they describe the fires in NSW anf pd that is the highest, most dangerous rating.

    They are talking about conditions being worse than the “Black Saturday” fires that took the lives of 173 Victorians a few years ago. It was 46C here that day and like a furnace outside. Can’t imagine worse than that to be honest.

    Not such a “lucky country” these days I’m afraid.

    Nobody has water in dams to fight the fires either.

    Thanks for the thought.
     
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    It really looks devastating...All the best to the folks down under!
     
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    Lancpudn Well-Known Member

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    Some of the pictures I've been seeing online from down there are apocalyptic, Terrible to see the loss of life and such devastation caused by these bush fires.
     
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    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker Staff Member

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    Doesn't @Stuart live near Sydney ?
     
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    Yes Stuart is in a Sydney suburb Peter though where he is should be alright. There are a lot of bush reserves in and around Sydney suburbs though and it’s pretty leafy where he is so who knows with the capricious nature of bushfires and strong winds.

    His sister Bron lost here house a few years ago too.

    I’ll contact him today and see how he’s going.
     
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    Be sure to send our regards.
     
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    I’ll do that today hopefully as I didn’t get him yesterday.
     
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    Stuart Well-Known Member

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    I thought I sensed a movement in the force...

    We’re fine thanks guys, but we did have a couple of fires close enough to be able to watch the air response from the top of our street...

    Tomorrow (Friday) & Saturday looks like it’s going to get hairy again, but I’ve cleared all our gutters & readied our three garden hoses...

    My sister’s rebuilt home is in lockdown & she’s, mercifully, currently in the consummately more sane New Zealand...

    More worried about my brother on the Mid North Coast, about two hours North of us...

    Despite what our idiot Prime Minister & State Premier would have us believe, this chaos is all quite simply the manifestations of the Climate Emergency of which they have been well warned but are too selfish & indulgent to address :mad:
     
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    Stuart Well-Known Member

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    BTW, I had to log in three times just to do that single post :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Mate I did intend to try to contact you today but asthma kicked my bum all day.

    Oh poor Bron, not again!

    My thoughts are with you and your family mate.
     
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    Stuart Well-Known Member

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    Bron’s place is fine thus far...

    By ‘in lockdown’ I meant that her extensive fire shutters were all fully shut during her adventures in the land of truly statesmen like politicians.
     
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    Digger Well-Known Member

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    Goodness me Stu, that wasn’t a political statment was it?
     
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    I didn't see one.
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    Just read about the woman who ran into the fire to save Lewis, the koala. Good on her!
     
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    Nope I’ve seen enough in my time thanks, don’t need to be reminded of it.
     
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    Digger Well-Known Member

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    There are currently 3 fires to the north of us and not that far away!Huge plumes of smoke are visible to our north.

    It’s just so bloody dry!
     
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    Digger Well-Known Member

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    This was how things were looking around 5pm last night. (looking north)

    Later the winds reversed and skies returned to normal from where we are. This morning it’s so smokey that we can’t see much past the dam. Activity is approximately 10 kilometres away from us ATM.

    That is smoke, not cloud.
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