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Victoria Ablaze

 
 
dadpad
 
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:24 am
07/02
BENDIGO
81
Redesdale - Coliban Park Road
9 kms west Redesdale
20:11 Feb 07
Going
10000

PRIVATE PROPERTY
07/02
ERICA
8
CHURCHILL - JEERALANG
2KM SE CHURCHILL
19:52 Feb 07
Going

6000
STATE FOREST
07/02
WIMMERA
30

REMLAW ROAD
1KM W HORSHAM
16:30 Feb 07
Going
2500

07/02
MURRINDINDI
35
Kilmore Saunders Road
5kms East KIlmore
18:00 Feb 07
Going
1500

PRIVATE PROPERTY
07/02
BENDIGO
82
Eaglehawk - Bracewell St
1km W Eaglehawk
20:39 Feb 07
Going

1200
PRIVATE PROPERTY
04/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
47
BUNYIP SP - BUNYIP RIDGE TRK
5km NNE Tonimbuk
19:03 Feb 07
Going
800

NATIONAL PARK
06/02
HEYFIELD
25
DARGO - WHITE TIMBER SPUR
35KM NNW DARGO
18:57 Feb 07
Going
650

STATE FOREST
07/02
OTWAY
10

WEERITE- DANEDITE ROAD
7KM E CAMPERDOWN
17:25 Feb 07
Going
350

OCCUPIED CROWN LAND
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
56

South morang - plenty gorge
Hawkestowe Park
20:05 Feb 07
Going
130

PROTECTED PUBLIC LAND
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
50
Yarra State Forest - Federal Short Cut
10 Km ESE of Warburton
20:46 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
60
MAROONDAH - MT RIDDELL
4km SE Healsville
20:38 Feb 07
Going


STATE FOREST
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
59
BRITTANIA RANGE - JUSTICE TRK
2km SSE of Wesburn
20:36 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
OVENS
39
BEECHWORTH - LIBRARY RD
3KM S BEECHWORTH
20:34 Feb 07
Going


07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
58
Narre Warren North - Crawley Road
1 Km NW Harkaway
20:24 Feb 07
Going

PRIVATE PROPERTY
07/02
NOOJEE
15
NEERIM-PIG PADDOCK
25KM SW NOOJEE
20:00 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
NOOJEE
14
MT TOOTONGO
4KM NNE VESPER
20:00 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
NOOJEE
13
NEERIM-ELTONS ROAD
18KM STH NOOJEE
19:38 Feb 07
Going

PRIVATE PROPERTY
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
57
Three Bridges - Taylors Track
2.5 km NE of Gladysdale
19:38 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
NOOJEE
12
CROSSOVER - MONKEY GULLY
36KM STH NOOJEE
19:30 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
MURRINDINDI
37
YEA-MURRINDINDI
2km SSE Murrindindi
19:03 Feb 07
Going


PRIVATE PROPERTY
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
55
Britania Creek - Britania Range tk & Alice tk
2 Km NE of Gladysdale
18:48 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
52
Warramate - Warramate Hill Rd
5km N of Seville
18:10 Feb 07
Going

STATE FOREST
07/02
EAST PORT PHILLIP
51
O`Shannassy - Road 8
12km S of Marysville
17:35 Feb 07
Going
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:29 am
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/744638/homes-on-alert-as-vic-fire-breaches-line
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:36 am
Thousands of firefighters and residents battled major fronts at Horsham, Coleraine, Weerite, Kilmore East, Bunyip, Churchill, Dargo, Murrindindi and Redesdale in all corners of the scorched state as the searing heat and high winds exceeded authorities' predictions of the worst fire conditions in the state's history
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:39 am
Many injuries from the Kinglake area.
some reports of fatalities


Beechworth hospital to be evacuted.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:43 am
Is this a product of drought conditions?
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:44 am
http://uk.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUKSP353338

Homes destroyed as Australia struggles to rein in fires
Sat Feb 7, 2009 8:28am GMT
(Adds forecast for overnight, Sunday)

SYDNEY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Aircraft dropped water bombs on raging Australian bush fires and homes went up in flames on Saturday as a once-in-a-century heatwave sent temperatures in Melbourne to their highest on record.

Wildfires are a natural annual event in Australia, but this year conditions are some of the worst in living memory: a combination of scorching weather, drought and tinder-dry bush.

Local media have called it a "once-in-a-century heatwave".

On Saturday temperatures in Melbourne soared to 46.4 degrees Celsius (115.5 Fahrenheit), the highest on record, local media said, with the mercury in the community of Laverton on the city's west hitting 47.9 C (118.2 F).

Officials said dozens of fires were blazing across the country's densely populated southeast, and police said at least one that hit Sydney's metropolitan area late on Friday had been deliberately lit.

A major fire in parkland east of Melbourne had burned more than 160 hectares after jumping containment lines overnight, and despite water bombs dropped from aircraft proved hard to control as winds fanned the blaze. Entire trees went up in flames, and roads were closed.

As evening fell, firefighters were preparing to stay on the job overnight for the second night running. One firefighter suffered serious burns, ambulance officials said.

As flames erupted around one property under threat from the fire, owner Graham Kinross and his wife stayed and watered down their home and land, as the area was swallowed by thick, choking orange and grey smoke.

"We would always stay and defend," a visibly shaken Di Kinross told local media, after flames appeared to wipe out parts of their neighbour's property.

Victoria state's Country Fire Authority told Reuters it had received reports of houses burnt in parts of the state, but still had little detail.

"It is extremely dry. We do have some concern about the winds picking up and having an impact on the fire," a spokesman told Reuters.

An "urgent threat message" was posted for local communities to be prepared to be hit by fire and threat notices were issued for several other areas. Fire bans were in force in three states, and in South Australia a fire broke out just north of Adelaide.

STAY AND FIGHT

Fire officials in Australia have advised residents to stay and defend their homes against bushfires, as most homes are damaged not by the actual firefront but burning embers blown onto roofs.

Evacuation is a last resort and fire officials advise residents to leave well before a firefront nears. More than 80 residents of two nursing homes were evacuated as the fire east of Melbourne spread on Saturday, and the fire front stretched for kilometres.

In New South Wales, authorities said more than 40 fires were burning, with bushfire emergencies declared in several places. Smoke covered many areas of Sydney, which came under threat from two fires late on Friday.

Fire bans were in force in three states and were expected to be reissued for Sunday, also forecast to be a day of high fire risk.

Fire fighters were preparing to stay out overnight to combat a large fire north of Sydney.

Bushfire researcher David Bruce said it was too early to assess the full impact of the fires.

"The weather is as bad as it's ever been. A change is going to come through later and not necessarily for the better for some of these fires," said Bruce, of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.

The heatwave will not affect commodity crops such as wheat and sugar, which are grown predominately in western and northern Australia.

Police blamed a fire that broke out in the inner-Sydney district of Lane Cove on Friday night on arson. The fire burnt several hectares of a national park within the Sydney metropolitan area, threatening nearby homes.

Researchers say around half of the bushfires in Australia are deliberately lit.

The heatwave has caused a spate of heat-related deaths, which has left morgues struggling to cope, while transport and power services have repeatedly broken down in the hot weather. A series of breakdowns was reported in and around Melbourne on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of firefighters are on standby to cope with bushfire outbreaks in three states, while authorities in Victoria warned in advance that Saturday's conditions could be worse than those that led to the deadly "Ash Wednesday" fires of 1983, which killed 75.

Forecasts for Sunday were for slightly cooler weather, with temperatures generally in the 30s Celsius, although the fire risk remains high.

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:48 am
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45454000/gif/_45454300_australia_nswvic_feb09.gif

Video here. I can't figure out how to embed this one, you'll have to click.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7876284.stm


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7876205.stm
Fires rage in southern Australia

Firefighters are battling to contain dozens of wildfires across the south east of Australia, most of them in parks and on bush land.

Aircraft are dropping water bombs and thousands of volunteer firemen are on standby.

Australians have suffered under one of the worst heatwaves in decades in recent weeks, with temperatures set to reach 47 C (117F) this weekend.

If winds pick up, the authorities fear that the fire could spread.

The worst fire has burned 410 acres in a park near Melbourne. There are also three fires in the Hunter Valley region to the north of Sydney.

Fire officials have advised residents to stay and defend their properties. "We would always stay and defend," Di Kinross told local media, the nearby area covered in thick smoke.

Fightback

The fire service is using water-bombing aircraft to contain fires. Already thousands of volunteers are using water hoses, with tens of thousands more on standby.

"It's just going to be, probably by a long way, the worst day ever in the history of the state in terms of temperatures and winds," Victoria Premier John Brumby said.

If winds pick up, the authorities fear that the fires could spread.

"It is extremely dry. We do have some concern about the winds winds picking up and having an impact on the fire," a spokesman for Victoria state's Country Fire Authority told Reuters.

In 1983, a wildfire killed 75 people, on a day known as Ash Wednesday.

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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:49 am
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/incident_summary.htm
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dadpad
 
  1  
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 04:51 am
updates and advice
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/incident_updates.htm
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dadpad
 
  1  
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:00 am
14 people killed
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Butrflynet
 
  2  
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:04 am
Amazing photos here:

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/gallery/0,23816,5037336-17382-1,00.html

Here's a sampling.

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,6475943,00.jpg

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,6475980,00.jpg
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:08 am
This is what a lot of California looked like last summer when there were over 1000 fires burning from dry lightning strikes.

Our state has just been put on statewide water rationing for the summer because of the drought here.
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Butrflynet
 
  1  
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:10 am
Dadpad, are you heading out to help fight the fires? If so, please keep yourself as safe as possible.
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dadpad
 
  1  
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:14 am
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/gallery/0,23816,5037336-17382-17,00.html

note the little black dot in the center of the photo. Its a 737 aeroplane
Izzie
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:15 am
@dadpad,
DadPad....

are you here right now???

We have an A2Ker near Ballarat.... are the fires near there?

DadPad - do keep safe hun. Be very careful. Check in when you can darlin' x
Butrflynet
 
  1  
Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:17 am
http://www.sydney-australia.biz/maps/australia/graphics/australia-map.png

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:21 am
@dadpad,
dadpad wrote:

note the little black dot in the center of the photo. Its a 737 aeroplane


Fixed it for ya. You need to right click on the image and get the jpg file link from the image properties box.

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,6476268,00.jpg
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:35 am
So sorry dadpad and msol



So sorry victoria....been worrying for you, and to hear this.

I do hope we can spare some fire fighters for you.


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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:38 am
@Izzie,
According to the map, Ballarat is near Melbourne and that's one of the fire areas.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 7 Feb, 2009 05:39 am
@Setanta,
Yes.

Plus a record busting heatwave, high winds, and outrageous tperature today.

Welcome global warming.
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