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Victoria Ablaze

 
 
msolga
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 06:15 pm
Oh god, here we go again! Another high fire alert day in Victoria. Fingers crossed, everyone!:

Get ready to flee, residents warned
Paul Austin
February 23, 2009 - 9:17AM


The residents of Warburton in the Yarra Valley are on alert, with some already leaving the town, as emergency authorities warn of extreme fire risk today.
The town and neighbouring communities have been put on alert for fire activity over the next 24 hours as the temperature rises into the mid-30s and winds pick up.


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..... Naomi Parsons drove her four children, six cats, two dogs and a blue-tongue lizard to safety shortly before midnight last night following an official meeting in the town to warn of the fire danger.

"Common sense to me is I've got four kids to worry about,'' she told Radio 3AW.

"We've only got one road in, one road out. The winds are increasing, the temperature is increasing. We've had absolutely no rain, everything is so dry. [So it's] better to be prepared, we can always unpack, better to be safe.''

While she and her children had been prepared to stay and defend their property on Black Saturday earlier this month, Ms Parsons had changed her mind after that day's inferno ripped through neighbouring towns killing at least 209 people.

"It was just too close to home ... we don't want another Kinglake, do we?''

Another local, Peter from the Warburton bakery, said at least half of the town's residents had left in recent days ahead of the extreme weather forecast.

Despite the mass departure, he was determined to stay at least until this afternoon.

"It seems a bit subdued [in the town], a few cars floating around, a lot of fire crews floating around,''......


http://www.theage.com.au/national/get-ready-to-flee-residents-warned-20090222-8epn.html?page=-1
djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 06:25 pm
man, can't you guys catch a break

sending positive vibes down under
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 07:03 pm
@msolga,
Got everything crossed.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 07:04 pm
@djjd62,
Thank you, djjd. I think quite a few residents of Warburton & other "at risk" country areas would be very grateful if your positive vibes work!
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 09:59 pm
@msolga,
Quote:
Re: djjd62 (Post 3580167)
Thank you, djjd. I think quite a few residents of Warburton & other "at risk" country areas would be very grateful if your positive vibes work!


Tell 'em they've got multo good vibes winging their way from the other side of the globe, msolga.
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Foxfyre
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 10:01 pm
Adding vibes from the desert southwest. Sheesh, how much of Victoria is left to burn?
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 10:54 pm
@Foxfyre,
It's quite small...only 227,600 sq km., (987876.85128426067 square miles) but it is, for Australia, quite densely populated. About 4 million people, I think.
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Dutchy
 
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Reply Sun 22 Feb, 2009 10:57 pm
@Foxfyre,
For our friends overseas a couple more sites with the latest news and stories.

http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/dse/nrenfoe.nsf/Home+Page/DSE+Fire~Home+Page?open

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/indepth/0,,5018723,00.html
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 01:30 am
Waiting game in Warburton as bushfire threatens
February 23, 2009 - 3:49PM [/b]

Warburton residents who have decided to stay are nervously awaiting a forecast wind change that is expected to place their town at risk of a major bushfire.

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Many of Warburton's residents have already evacuated as an expected wind change threatens to push bushfires towards the town.

Up to 90 kilometres of containment lines are in place, aircraft are on standby and 750 firefighters and other emergency service personnel are stationed north of Warburton fighting the fire.

Early this afternoon, the fire was contained but a south-westerly wind change this afternoon could lead to the fire jumping containment lines and moving south towards Warburton.

For some locals, spoken to by The Age today, it's a waiting game - a cup of tea at the coffee shop on the main street - others want to know how long they have before they have to get out of town.

More than half of the town's residents appear to have taken the option to leave early following the warnings of an extreme fire danger day. ...<cont>


http://www.theage.com.au/national/waiting-game-in-warburton-as-bushfire-threatens-20090223-8fex.html
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 01:38 am
New fires threaten Melbourne's outer-east
February 23, 2009 - 6:14PM

Three new fires that have broken out this afternoon are threatening residents in Melbourne's outer east, near Daylesford, and in Gippsland. .... <cont>

(Video included):
http://www.theage.com.au/national/new-fires-threaten-melbournes-outereast-20090223-8fl4.html
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 01:40 am
The temperature appears to have dropped considerably in the past hour or so .... now if only those damned winds would slow down, or cease altogether!
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 05:13 am
@msolga,
Any news on those fires?

Our maximum predictions for the next couple of days have gone down by at least 7 degrees from what they were this am!

Hopefully this means uyou guys have it a bit cooler than predicted, too?

Our predicted maxima for Thursday and Friday have dropped by a couple of degrees....no longer 41, but 36 and 39, down to 30 on Saturday, and in the 20's, with some possibility of actual drizzle on Sunday and Monday.

I do hope this translates into less fires for you guys.

People must be so weary and stressed by all this.



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dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 05:58 am
We are back on alert Dlowan.

The official line is Although the township of Jamieson (to the south of me) is not under threat residents should remain aware ond smoke ans ask may be falling.
Winds are light at present. not looking forward to the rest of the week but I will continue to function normally.

Upwey (on the outskirts of Melbourne) copped it today.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/new-fires-threaten-melbournes-outereast-20090223-8fl4.html

http://www.theage.com.au/national/get-ready-to-flee-residents-warned-20090222-8epn.html
Izzie
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 06:04 am
@dadpad,
Thinking of you.... DP et al...

Have heard that DDxx in Victoria is OK at present but much evacuation going on around Victoria.

So terribly sad. Posivibes from UK up above. Take care all x
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 06:05 am
@dadpad,
God luck DP, and everyone.

Sigh.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 06:13 am
@Izzie,
we have the princess royal doing tours etc. at present. I'm sure that will help. (NOT!)
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 07:56 am
@dadpad,
I heard she was at the memorial.

Might mean something to the older folk?

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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 11:36 am
My fingers, toes and eyes are crossed for all you folks in Victoria. Blessings.
Dutchy
 
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Reply Mon 23 Feb, 2009 04:32 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Latest information here: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25098515-1243,00.html?referrer=email
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 04:45 pm
Very dangerous conditions are predicted for this Friday, when the temperature in Victoria is predicted to reach 38 C degrees. (!) Shocked :

Bushfire threat eases but worse to come
Posted 2 hours 29 minutes ago
Updated 2 hours 23 minutes ago


http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200902/r342915_1562890.jpg
Dangerous conditions on the way: Firefighters have spent the night backburning (User submitted via ABC Contribute: mdotwills)

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The seven bushfires still burning in Victoria are not threatening any townships this morning.

Firefighters have spent the night backburning and strengthening containment lines, as they prepare for more dangerous weather on Friday.

Residents living near the fires are being warned to expect smoke.

Crews have been on the lookout for spot fires from the Murrindindi blaze, near Rubicon, north-east of Melbourne.

Department of Sustainability and Environment spokesman Stuart Ord says they are trying to stop the fires spreading before conditions worsen.

"Today is just a day of consolidation of all of our fire lines and our containment lines, particularly on the southern edge," he said.

"When the bad weather comes on Friday, the fire will tend to want to run south or south-east, so we'll be particularly concentrating on the south and south-eastern flanks of all of the fires that we've currently got.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/25/2500464.htm





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