Thread: Australia fires: A visual guide to the bushfires and extreme heat

LeglizHemp - 12/21/2019 at 07:14 AM

Pretty damn smokey down here and freakin HOT.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50585968

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50862349

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50876469

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6554681/firefighters-battling-extrem e-conditions-on-south-coast/

[Edited on 12/21/2019 by LeglizHemp]


Jerry - 12/23/2019 at 01:13 AM

I don't know the scale of the map in the first link, but it looks as if the fires are "relatively" close to the coast.
Some solid piping and pumps at regular intervals would get at least some water into the areas, even if it would be salt water. At least spray water in the air to get the humidity up some and possibly prevent ember fires.


BrerRabbit - 12/24/2019 at 06:02 PM

Stay safe. The smoke is awful - it gets so bad here in Oregon and California, to where you cant breathe. Really grim, slow asphyxiation. Take a vacation to cleaner air if you can.


LeglizHemp - 12/25/2019 at 08:22 PM

Thanks BrerRabbit, Christmas day wasn't too bad but the smoke came back at night.

Merry Christmas


LeglizHemp - 12/31/2019 at 10:10 AM

Worst its been since i got here dec 13. My eyes are burning.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/

https://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/6561333/south-coast-in-crisis-m ass-power-and-communication-outages/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6561790/unprecedented-nye-celebratio ns-in-canberra-cancelled-due-to-extreme-hot-windy-weather/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6562312/thick-smoke-over-canberra-pr ompts-warnings/


LeglizHemp - 1/1/2020 at 01:09 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6562383/air-quality-in-parts-of-canb erra-20-times-above-hazardous-level/

https://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/6561333/south-coast-in-crisis-b ushfire-claims-third-life/


BrerRabbit - 1/1/2020 at 01:16 AM

Time to take that month long tour of Tasmania.


gina - 1/1/2020 at 01:38 AM

It will get worse according to scientists monitoring the cosmic ray pulses coming into our earth. The next big one is 1-13-20. That one may also set off earthquakes in Italy. These pulses will cause a magnetic pole shift in 2026. There will start to be planetary wide blackouts in 2023. I will put more information up soon. Parts of Mexico will be unlivable at 125 degrees and the wall Trump wants to build will result in a humanitarian death sentence for people south of the border. Parts of Texas to be effected also the Panhandle El Paso and thereabouts. Remember the Jade Helm exercises? Civil unrest will occur.

Australia will continue to burn, even the fires are creating clouds that cause more fires.

The ice in Antarctica will melt and the secret bases down there will be exposed; the questions about hybrid alien stuff will be revealed.

Magnetic pole shift. Changes in our magnetosphere. Weather problems. Many changes in the next 5 and more years.


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Sang - 1/1/2020 at 02:00 AM

Is there a portal nearby? Sounds scary ... almost like climate change...


LeglizHemp - 1/1/2020 at 03:22 AM

House smells like smoke, it was even a little smokey inside. It's gotten better this afternoon but it's expected to be as bad as last night. The fires are generating their own thunderstorms and lightning. GF's sister had to get out of town (Canberra) with her 2yr old to Brisbane this morning. I'll be here until I can't take it anymore.


BrerRabbit - 1/1/2020 at 03:32 AM

Forest fire smoke is brutal - get out if you can


Jerry - 1/1/2020 at 04:56 AM

quote:
House smells like smoke, it was even a little smokey inside. It's gotten better this afternoon but it's expected to be as bad as last night. The fires are generating their own thunderstorms and lightning. GF's sister had to get out of town (Canberra) with her 2yr old to Brisbane this morning. I'll be here until I can't take it anymore.


No firenadoes yet? See one, get away as fast as you can.


LeglizHemp - 1/1/2020 at 07:15 AM

A firenado killed 2 young firefighters last week


LeglizHemp - 1/1/2020 at 10:34 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6563102/suspicious-fires-in-curtin-a nd-weston-in-early-hours-of-wednesday/


LeglizHemp - 1/2/2020 at 01:39 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6563401/canberra-has-worst-air-quali ty-of-major-cities-forcing-attractions-to-close/


LeglizHemp - 1/2/2020 at 05:42 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6564017/i-understand-the-frustration -pm-says-government-is-doing-enough/


LeglizHemp - 1/2/2020 at 08:39 AM


LeglizHemp - 1/2/2020 at 08:31 PM

Not to bad today, relatively.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/01/02/australia-bushfires-prime-minis ter-scott-morrison-heckled-lon-orig-ejk.cnn

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/02/australia/new-zealand-glaciers-australia-bus hfire-intl-scli/index.html

[Edited on 1/2/2020 by LeglizHemp]

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/02/world/australia-victoria-firenado/index.html

[Edited on 1/2/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/3/2020 at 04:04 AM

Blue skies today but should be really bad this weekend. Fire to the west of Canberra could get massively out of control.

https://www.facebook.com/nswrfs/photos/fire-spread-prediction-for-saturday- 4-january-2020there-are-a-number-of-dangerou/10157575174585552/

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LeglizHemp - 1/3/2020 at 11:23 AM

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/australia/australia-fire-town-evacuation-int l-hnk/index.html


LeglizHemp - 1/4/2020 at 04:18 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6565877/all-the-bushfire-updates-fro m-across-australia-live/?cs=14225


Stephen - 1/4/2020 at 05:54 AM

Thank you for the updates - just a god-awful situation - that photo, my gosh - if it continues to play out as they think it might....itís time to flee in droves Now itíd seem - stay safe


LeglizHemp - 1/4/2020 at 09:38 AM

It was 111F today, new record. And new fires near me in the ACT. Also power cuts possible because of heat and electrical usage.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6566257/spot-fires-4km-from-acts-sou thern-border/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6566269/canberrans-urged-to-cut-back -power-usage/

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sydney-s-penrith-the-hottest-place-on-earth-ami d-devastating-bushfires



[Edited on 1/4/2020 by LeglizHemp]


Stephen - 1/4/2020 at 04:58 PM

Theyíre saying itís not safe to move anywhere - ďWe are in for a long night and I make no bones about that. We are still yet to see the worst of it.Ē state Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier today

The singer Pink has donated $500G to firefighting efforts - hopefully others who can afford to will follow suit - a horrific threat is about to get worse - best wishes


porkchopbob - 1/4/2020 at 05:05 PM

quote:
I don't know the scale of the map in the first link, but it looks as if the fires are "relatively" close to the coast.
Some solid piping and pumps at regular intervals would get at least some water into the areas, even if it would be salt water. At least spray water in the air to get the humidity up some and possibly prevent ember fires.


Jerry, Australia is about the same size as continental United States, so imagine those fires spread across the Atlantic coast of the US.


gina - 1/4/2020 at 07:53 PM

I hate to say this but extinction level ongoing event is what is going to happen there and is already happening. It is because of the cosmic rays coming into the atmosphere. Nobody wants to talk about it because they cannot stop it, all they can do is direct the incoming energy within a 1500 mile radius with the use of CERN, but to those with the power Australia is not a place they care about preserving.

If you think that is bad, wait till you see what happens when the magnetic pole shift happens in 2026 and the Bermuda triangle moves over a portion of the east coast.




LeglizHemp - 1/5/2020 at 02:35 AM

Very smokey today and 40 degrees cooler than same time yesterday.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6566419/charred-and-devastated-batlo w-begins-counting-losses-from-dunns-road-fire/

AUSTRALIA'S CATASTROPHIC 2019-20 BUSHFIRES SEASON:

NSW
* 18 people dead
* 150 bushfires burning, 64 uncontained
* More than 3.6 million hectares burned, greater than the size of Belgium
* 1365 homes confirmed destroyed but number expected to rise significantly

VICTORIA
* Two people dead, seven missing
* About 40 bushfires burning
* More than 970,000 hectares burned
* 330 structures confirmed destroyed but significantly more expected

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
* Three people dead
* 15 bushfires burning, four of significance
* More than 200,000 hectares burned
* 88 homes confirmed destroyed but number expected to rise significantly

QUEENSLAND
* About 30 bushfires burning
* 250,000 hectares burned
* 45 homes confirmed destroyed

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
* 30 bushfires burning
* 1.5 million hectares burned
* One home confirmed destroyed

TASMANIA
* 23 bushfires burning, three of significance
* 30,000 hectares burned
* Two homes confirmed destroyed

NORTHERN TERRITORY
* No current bushfires
* Five homes confirmed destroyed

ACT
* No bushfires burning
* Significant smoke haze from interstate blazes

[Edited on 1/5/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/6/2020 at 02:50 AM

GF off work because of air quality until Wednesday. 5 yr old went to school today but got email around noon that we should pick him up too. It is much clearer than it has been today, so we really don't understand. It even rained this morning.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6567201/clearer-skies-but-smoke-will -persist/

Was 111 F on Saturday, barely 70 F on Sunday and barely 70 F today.

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LeglizHemp - 1/7/2020 at 08:09 PM

Smoke is supposed to return today and getting hot again. High on Friday should be 100

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4agdep/how-much-worse-can-australias-bus hfires-get

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akwdp5/photos-frontline-of-australian-bu shfires

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/24-accused-of-setting-nsw-wildfires_n_5e14bb 21c5b6c7b859d18387

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/billion-animals-australia-fires_n_5e13be43e4 b0843d361778a6

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6570478/how-cobargo-pulled-together- after-a-firestorm-on-two-fronts/

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pops42 - 1/7/2020 at 11:44 PM

Sorry for the people, the animals, and especially YOU.


LeglizHemp - 1/8/2020 at 02:09 AM

Thanks pops. I'm fine. On the days it gets really smokey my breathing get a little laboured my gf says, she calls me Stevie like on Malcom in the middle. I know i don't sound that bad. Headed to the casino this afternoon, won around a grand in last few months on roulette.


LeglizHemp - 1/8/2020 at 03:18 AM

Pretty good picture to see the before and after

https://mobile.twitter.com/hillyhobbit/status/1214401274377932800


LeglizHemp - 1/8/2020 at 04:53 AM

That is good news, they need all the help they can get. Australia is pretty rural, lots of small towns getting hit pretty hard.

Won $300 today

[Edited on 1/8/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/9/2020 at 12:31 AM

Not bad today. Only 74, tomorrow it might hit 100.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/images-from-the-australian-fires_n_5e15f8f2c 5b66361cb5df3d1

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6571650/brindabella-valley-community -fears-repeat-of-2003-fires/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6572777/fire-spotter-helicopter-scan s-bush-west-of-canberra/

[Edited on 1/9/2020 by LeglizHemp]


robslob - 1/9/2020 at 02:35 PM

I am SO glad to hear that you are safe. Read many, many of your posts, never knew you were "down under".

Personally I would be an advocate for death by incineration for everyone who was involved in setting these fires.


LeglizHemp - 1/9/2020 at 07:59 PM

I'm just down here visiting. Most all of fires were started by lightning Rob. The few that were started by people were illegal backburns by old men protecting their property.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7kzv8b/australias-smoke-filled-air-is-qu ietly-killing-people

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LeglizHemp - 1/10/2020 at 09:01 PM

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/09/australia/mallacoota-beer-intl-hnk-scli/inde x.html

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akwgag/3-australia-wildfires-officially- just-merged-into-a-mega-blaze

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6574268/fires-burning-west-of-canber ra-downgraded-overnight/

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LeglizHemp - 1/11/2020 at 08:24 AM

25 miles away
1-2 from ACT border

But we are good

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6575925/pre-emptive-evacuation-plan- in-works-forecast-good/


LeglizHemp - 1/12/2020 at 07:52 PM

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/world/aboriginal-australia-fire-trnd/index.h tml

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6575401/we-dont-know-a-whole-lot-unc ertainty-over-long-term-smoke-effects/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6577788/what-employers-need-to-know- the-legal-risk-of-asking-staff-to-work-in-smoky-air/

[Edited on 1/12/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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LeglizHemp - 1/13/2020 at 07:55 PM

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akwgp8/why-big-oil-should-pay-for-austra lian-fires

https://www.theland.com.au/story/6578443/drought-decimating-dung-beetles/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51101049

[Edited on 1/13/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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LeglizHemp - 1/15/2020 at 03:22 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6581038/marys-hill-bushfire-moves-cl oser-to-act-border/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6580227/hopes-the-rain-will-clear-th e-smoke-away/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6581046/firies-reject-morrisons-nati onal-inquiry/?cs=14231

[Edited on 1/15/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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Stephen - 1/15/2020 at 04:23 AM

Irrelevant in the larger scheme of things but the smoke is also affecting play in the tennis tournaments leading up to the grand slam later this month - players apparently having some difficulty breathing -
hoping they can continue containing and corralling it toward the coast


LeglizHemp - 1/15/2020 at 11:21 PM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6581918/thunderstorm-flash-flooding- warning-for-the-act/

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR401.loop.shtml#skip

https://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/6581397/thousands-of-fish-die-in-macl eay-river/?cs=1526

[Edited on 1/15/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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LeglizHemp - 1/16/2020 at 07:51 AM

It rained today!!! Put 30? fires out, sort of.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6584410/hail-comes-down-after-severe -weather-warning-for-canberra/

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/16/rain-brings-joy-to-f armers-in-nsw-and-victoria-and-dampens-some-bushfires-as-others-burn

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-weather-rain-brings-relief-t o-firegrounds-across-the-state/news-story/d14b768f9a3e0bb4bfbdb407822fba5a

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LeglizHemp - 1/16/2020 at 09:47 PM

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkepdn/tree-ghosts-remain-burnt-out-aust ralia-bushfires



https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7jnvg/what-does-weeks-of-bushfire-smoke -actually-do-to-your-lungs

[Edited on 1/16/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/16/2020 at 09:59 PM

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/dygvjy/who-to-blame-for-australia-coal-m ining-lobbyists-fires-bushfires-bullshit-approach-to-climate-change

https://www.theland.com.au/story/6579262/not-drought-breaking-rain-but-its- a-start/

[Edited on 1/16/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/17/2020 at 09:17 PM

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v74dx3/conservatives-across-the-world-ar e-spreading-disinformation-about-wildfires

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6585689/attenborough-lashes-coalitio n-on-climate/?cs=14350

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586384/fears-huge-part-of-blue-moun tains-burnt/?cs=14231

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586372/rain-to-hit-parts-of-drought -stricken-nsw/?cs=14231

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586380/vic-emergency-fire-warnings- downgraded/?cs=14231

[Edited on 1/17/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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pops42 - 1/17/2020 at 11:05 PM

The U.S. South and West will burn in a few short months.


LeglizHemp - 1/18/2020 at 09:19 PM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586098/canberras-drought-close-to-w orst-case-scenario/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586578/home-built-for-bushfires-rem ains-standing-while-others-are-rubble/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586541/evacuation-plan-for-suburban -residents-in-canberra-wont-be-made-public/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586685/act-remote-firefighting-team -tackles-rough-terrain/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-19/australia-bushfire-carnage-from-abov e/11879534




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LeglizHemp - 1/20/2020 at 02:31 AM

Check this out!

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6587736/heavy-storms-and-huge-hailst ones-lash-canberra/



[Edited on 1/20/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/21/2020 at 12:43 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6589994/canberra-storm-declared-a-ca tastrophe-more-than-10000-claims-made/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6589391/frances-only-had-her-new-car -for-two-hours-before-it-was-ruined-by-hail/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6589588/hail-smashes-csiro-glasshous e-crop-research/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6588613/heavy-storms-and-huge-hailst ones-lash-canberra/


LeglizHemp - 1/21/2020 at 03:58 AM

We were just there the day before

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6590132/its-a-big-disaster-commonwea lth-park-bats-devastated-in-hail-storm/

JANUARY 21 2020 - 11:30AM
Canberra hailstorm leaves more than 300 bats dead in Commonwealth Park
Lucy Bladen

Hundreds of bats were killed in Monday's hailstorm as Canberra's Commonwealth Park colony suffered a significant loss.

More than 300 bats in Canberra's Commonwealth Park died after Monday's hailstorm.

ACT Wildlife president Marg Peachey said volunteers from the group had found 322 bats that had died or needed to be euthanised after the destructive storm.

Volunteers worked for seven hours on Monday to treat injured bats that had fallen from trees or had been pelted by hailstones.

"It's a big disaster," Ms Peachey said.


"When we got there they were lying down and the trees were stripped of leaves and branches.

"All of the bats were holding onto those and they just broke off."

Ms Peachey said some bats had been found with golf ball-sized hailstones in their wings. The wildlife carer group had taken 53 bats into care on Monday.

One bat taken into care was only a few hours old.

Grey-headed flying-foxes migrate to Canberra and set up a colony in Commonwealth Park from September to May. Up to 8000 bats have been recorded in the park, which falls under the National Capital Authority's jurisdiction.

Estimates of the number of bats in the park at present have varied from 3000 to 6000.

NCA manager of open space Michelle Jeffrey compared the hailstorm to "hard cannon balls being thrown at them".

She said both adults and pups were among the dead and the death toll was expected to increase in the coming days.

"We're expecting more to perish in the next couple of days," she said.

"They might actually be dead in the trees and fall in the next couple of days."

Hail hits Canberra on Monday. Picture: Jamila Toderas
Hail hits Canberra on Monday. Picture: Jamila Toderas

In December, The Canberra Times reported close to 20 pups had died this season due to heat stress.

Ms Jeffrey said there had been significant damage to the tree canopies where the bats reside, which could pose an issue if another heat event should strike.

People should not go to the aid of an injured bat as some carry the deadly lyssavirus.

ACT Wildlife also received about 60 injured birds brought in by vets.

Ms Peachey said the group received 170 calls in the three hours after the hail storm hit. That number is expected to grow today. It normally fielded between 60 and 70 calls a day.

In Commonwealth Park, Ms Jeffrey said other wildlife collected, either dead of injured, included a possum, magpies, galahs and a pee wee.

Wildcare president Belinda Hogarth-Boyd said birds had suffered from concussion in the Queanbeyan Jerrabomberra area.

Her organisation had rescued galahs, rosellas, crested pigeons and cockatoos, which had been blown violently to the ground. They had been taken to a veterinary surgery for observation.

[Edited on 1/21/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/22/2020 at 09:03 AM

We had a bushfire today out by the airport. It was pretty scary for about an hour. People were told it was to late to get out. It's been downgraded now.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6593926/bushfire-near-canberra-airpo rt-brought-under-control/


dutchoneill - 1/22/2020 at 02:03 PM

quote:
Is there a portal nearby? Sounds scary ... almost like climate change...



You misspelled Arson


Sang - 1/22/2020 at 05:52 PM

Lightening strikes are arson? Who goes to jail?

Besides, it was a joke about Gina and her portals... oh well.....


LeglizHemp - 1/23/2020 at 01:34 AM

It is extremely windy today and the fire has gotten out of control again.

It is understood the fire started at the old Duntroon dairy farm when the wind blew over a tree on to power lines.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6594689/firefighters-face-new-pialli go-fire-as-original-fire-hits-emergency-warning-again/

Airport is closed.

Tree is on fire near where i drive to pick of gf. 11am on Thursday, firefighters were also called to a tree alight in the middle of the road on the intersection of Bowes Street and Launceston Street in Phillip.

Tree alight - Phillip
Thu 23 Jan 2020, 11:18am
Location: LAUNCESTON STREET, ROAD, LYONS, 2606
Status: Finished
Type: GRASS AND BUSH FIRE
Updated: Thu 23 Jan 2020, 11:18am
Agency: Fire

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https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6595137/live-updates-on-canberra-fir es/

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The ACT has resumed its state of alert for the entire ACT.

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Simpsons Hill
10 Chant St, Chisholm ACT 2905
https://maps.app.goo.gl/u93Z6ojHT4CafEKT8

I posted some pictures on google maps

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Police say it is their belief that neither of the fires that have combined to form the Beard fire were deliberately lit.

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There is a risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon, although no rain is forecast.

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LeglizHemp - 1/23/2020 at 08:10 PM

Rained last night.


Stephen - 1/23/2020 at 09:26 PM

Really hope it helped turn the advantage to the firefighters - just a shame the plane crash on Tuesday - best wishes
hoping Coco Gauff beats Naomi Osaka in the tennis tournament


LeglizHemp - 1/24/2020 at 09:25 PM

Pooh Corner

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6594322/a-special-thank-you-from-poo hs-corner/


Jerry - 1/25/2020 at 11:19 PM

Is there a general fund set up for fire fighting/recovery/medical care for both humans and animals?

If so, how can we donate?


LeglizHemp - 1/26/2020 at 02:46 AM

Thanks Jerry, here are some links to donate.

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/general-news/donations-update

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/general-news/how-you-can-help

https://donate.wwf.org.au/donate/koala-crisis/koala-crisis?t=AP0120O01& f=41120-213&&gclid=CjwKCAiA66_xBRBhEiwAhrMuLelAD9ZEUbNXJ9OvRxUtcV7b vmam01AzmUTaZVZob9qhsOUqlYMIXBoCDjMQAvD_BwE#gs.uup7u0

[Edited on 1/26/2020 by LeglizHemp]


Jerry - 1/26/2020 at 05:03 AM

looks like NSW Rural Fire Service will be getting my donation.
i'll put Hittin The Web Donations as the FOR designation.

Right now the US dollar is like 1.464 Australian dollar. That makes a $20.00 US donation just under $30.00 Australian.


LeglizHemp - 1/26/2020 at 09:26 PM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6599193/smoke-haze-returns-to-canber ra/


dutchoneill - 1/26/2020 at 10:21 PM

quote:
Lightening strikes are arson? Who goes to jail?

Besides, it was a joke about Gina and her portals... oh well.....


You do know that 4-5 people have been arrested for setting some of the fire....Oh well.


LeglizHemp - 1/26/2020 at 11:43 PM

Mostly those were back burning fires and just unauthorised fires Dutch. Pretty sure no major fires were started by people. Mostly they were started by lightning strikes and trees falling on power lines.


LeglizHemp - 1/27/2020 at 06:05 AM

Can see this fire right out the front door.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6600587/namadgi-fire-now-at-almost-5 00ha-out-of-control/


LeglizHemp - 1/27/2020 at 07:57 PM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6600587/namadgi-fire-now-at-2575ha-t otal-fire-ban-declared/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602296/orroral-valley-fire-upgraded -to-emergency-level/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6601955/campaign-fire-tharwa-residen ts-warned-about-dire-conditions/



[Edited on 1/28/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/28/2020 at 04:25 AM

We are near Tuggernong, in Chisholm.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602296/orroral-valley-fire-upgraded -to-emergency-level/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602726/evacuation-plan-for-southern -canberra-suburbs/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602296/its-now-too-late-to-leave-th arwa-as-orroral-valley-fire-burns-at-emergency-level/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602410/new-study-outlines-health-ri sks-of-even-short-exposure-to-pm25-air-pollution/

[Edited on 1/28/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 1/28/2020 at 07:45 AM

Military helicopter blamed for Orroral Valley fire

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602726/military-helicopter-blamed-f or-orroral-valley-fire/


Stephen - 1/28/2020 at 11:53 AM

Oh no - how did it happen? Story didnít say
Best wishes - just a tough situation for everybody


LeglizHemp - 1/28/2020 at 08:35 PM

Cause of the fire
Just to recap, Defence has revealed that one of its helicopters started the fire.

An MRH90 Taipan utility helicopter (similar to that pictured below) that was undertaking a mission in Namadgi appears to have started it.

It's believed a landing light - used because the smoke made it hard to see - ignited dry grass when the helicopter landed. A Defence spokesman said the fire grew rapidly, and while the helicopter was damaged, it was able to return to Fairbairn.

"The helicopter and crew were conducting aerial reconnaissance and ground clearance to enable access for emergency services personnel who were conducting bushfire prevention measures in the ACT," Defence said in a statement this evening.

"It is deeply regrettable that our support operations have likely started this fire.

"Defence has taken immediate action to reduce the risk of fires being started by helicopters, including not using certain aircraft lighting in extreme weather conditions."


LeglizHemp - 1/28/2020 at 08:38 PM

What began as a reconnaissance mission deep in the Namadgi National Park is now an out-of-control bushfire racing towards Canberra's urban edge.

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner, Georgeina Whelan and Namadgi National Park Area Manager Brett McNamara disembark from an MRH-90 Taipan helicopter at Mt Ginini. Picture: Department of Defence
ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner, Georgeina Whelan and Namadgi National Park Area Manager Brett McNamara disembark from an MRH-90 Taipan helicopter at Mt Ginini. Picture: Department of Defence

Defence and the ACT's Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman confirmed on Tuesday evening the Orroral Valley fire burning south of Canberra was likely sparked by the landing light of an MRH-90 Taipan helicopter.

Chief of joint operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said a team of six soldiers landed in the remote area of the park about 1pm on Monday in order to clear landing zones for aircraft.

Soldiers had been sent into Namadgi for at least four days to undertake similar missions.


Those landing zones would have enabled emergency services to send strike teams in to deal with fires, he said.

Instead, they ended up accidentally starting what ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has called the "most serious" bushfire threat to Canberra since 2003.

"When the helicopter landed yesterday afternoon we believe that the landing light - which is lit on the aircraft as a safety precaution when you're flying in difficult circumstances, such as a very smoky environment - we believe that created enough heat to set the grass on fire," Lieutenant General Bilton said.

From there, the fire spread rapidly.

It is now growing at 400 hectares an hour, ACT ESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said on Tuesday.

Even the aircraft itself was damaged by the fire although managed to make it back to Fairbairn, Lieutenant General Bilton said.

In a statement, the Defence Department said it was "deeply regrettable" that its operations had likely started the fire.

"Over the past few weeks, ADF aircraft have been an important part of fire prevention and control activities, in close working partnership with the ACT Emergency Services Agency," the department said.

"We continue to work closely with the ESA to provide personnel and assets to help contain this bushfire.

"The ADF's support to state and territory authorities will continue for as long as needed."

Mr Gentleman said it was the first time a fire had been caused by a helicopter landing light.

The Defence Force has now changed its operating procedures and will not use those landing lights when setting down in extreme weather conditions.

It is also also continuing to investigate how exactly the landing light caused the fire.

"We acknowledge the safety aspect but it's important we're able to continue operations in support of the emergency services," Lieutenant General Bilton said.

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Military helicopter blamed for Orroral Valley fire
Mr Gentleman said despite this incident, the ACT government was grateful for the help of the Defence Force since the territory declared a state of alert early in January.

Defence Force personnel were helping to fight the fire, while helicopters are still being used for fire spotting and fire mapping.

Extra helicopters have been deployed to search ahead of the fire, to ensure the area has been fully evacuated and people have observed the park's closure, the Defence Department said in a statement.

Uniformed Defence Force personnel also helped firefighters and police to doorknock homes in Tharwa, Banks, Gordon and Conder to ensure residents are prepared.

"I'm sure the Canberra community shares our gratitude that none of our defence staff were injured during this incident," Mr Gentleman said.


LeglizHemp - 1/28/2020 at 08:43 PM

We can see this out the front door. 15 miles away.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602296/esa-warns-people-to-remain-v igilant-as-orroral-valley-fire-downgraded/


LeglizHemp - 1/29/2020 at 12:20 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6603411/crucial-chance-to-attack-orr oral-valley-fire-ahead-of-coming-horror-conditions/


Stephen - 1/29/2020 at 03:51 AM

That photo is positively frightening
When a fire can ignite from a shining light......thatís not bone dry, itís critical mass time & time to get out - these brush fires have scorched an area the size of Kentucky, article said
best wishes to fire crews et al, prayers for rain being sent


LeglizHemp - 1/29/2020 at 05:48 AM

Ash has started falling this afternoon here at the house.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6604850/firefighters-begin-backburni ng-to-contain-orroral-valley-fire/


LeglizHemp - 1/30/2020 at 12:22 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6605476/erratic-orroral-valley-bushf ire-creeps-towards-tharwa/


LeglizHemp - 1/30/2020 at 07:35 PM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6607366/orroral-valley-fire-to-creep -closer-to-canberra/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6607909/act-declares-state-of-emerge ncy-amid-chance-of-worst-conditions-since-2003/

[Edited on 1/31/2020 by LeglizHemp]

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6607496/live-heatwave-fans-australia s-bushfires/

[Edited on 1/31/2020 by LeglizHemp]


Stephen - 1/31/2020 at 02:50 PM

The video clip of that firefighting crew having to evacuate moments before the fire arrived, is shocking - looked like it was beginning to be contained last week, but no - a rainstorm is desperately needed, itís not in the forecast tho - thereís no beating these fires on the ground or from the air - best wishes


LeglizHemp - 1/31/2020 at 08:51 PM

It was 104 yesterday but no wind. Gonna be a tough day today as the winds will return around 11am this morning. We could see the flames from the driveway last night for the 1st time.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6608895/elevated-fire-conditions-set -to-hit-act-on-saturday-afternoon/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6607591/principals-told-to-rely-on-s enses-not-air-quality-data-to-guide-school-smoke-response/

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6608140/a-state-of-emergency-has-bee n-declared-for-canberra-this-is-what-you-need-to-know/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51320333

[Edited on 1/31/2020 by LeglizHemp]

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6608858/potential-to-spread-close-to -suburbs-of-canberra-esa-reveals-predicted-fire-spread/

[Edited on 1/31/2020 by LeglizHemp]

Canberra overnight temperatures
Canberra has sweltered through one of its warmest nights on record, with the temperature only dropping to 25.5 degrees at 5.30am on Saturday.

The temperature had already climbed above 30 degrees by 7.30am, towards an expected top of 41 degrees.

The overnight minimum is the highest recorded at the Bureau of Meteorologyís Canberra Airport weather station, where the previous record was 24.4 degrees, recorded on January 13, 2010.

An earlier site at the airport recorded an overnight low of 26 degrees in 1983.

[Edited on 1/31/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 2/1/2020 at 08:54 PM

The fire reached 55,200 hectares, about 23 per cent of the ACT's land mass. It had grown almost 20,000 hectares in just five hours, was out of the control and was travelling in a south-easterly direction.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6609320/canberra-survives-worst-cond itions-since-2003/

[Edited on 2/1/2020 by LeglizHemp]


LeglizHemp - 2/2/2020 at 11:04 PM

It is a beautiful day, temps have dropped and the kid has been dropped off for his 1st day of Kindergarten and we are sitting here at 10am waiting for the Super Bowl Kickoff. Nachos at halftime.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6609934/state-of-emergency-lifted-fr om-the-act/


LeglizHemp - 2/7/2020 at 06:23 AM

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51409551


LeglizHemp - 2/7/2020 at 10:01 PM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6618326/the-monster-from-the-south-h ow-the-orroral-valley-fire-grew/


LeglizHemp - 2/8/2020 at 02:11 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6620587/orroral-valley-fire-is-being -controlled/


LeglizHemp - 2/10/2020 at 01:10 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6621648/more-rain-in-nsw-sydney-face s-floodwaters/?cs=14231

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6621055/rain-brings-fire-relief-with -more-to-come/


LeglizHemp - 2/17/2020 at 02:16 AM

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6633237/orroral-valley-bushfire-down graded-to-patrol-status/


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