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  posted on 1/20/2020 at 07:43 PM
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/

 

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  posted on 1/20/2020 at 10:58 PM
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]

 

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  posted on 1/22/2020 at 04:03 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/

 

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  posted on 1/22/2020 at 09:03 AM
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Is there a portal nearby? Sounds scary ... almost like climate change...



You misspelled Arson

 

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  posted on 1/22/2020 at 12:52 PM
Lightening strikes are arson? Who goes to jail?

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

 

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  posted on 1/22/2020 at 08:34 PM
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

[Edited on 1/23/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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

[Edited on 1/23/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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

[Edited on 1/23/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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

I posted some pictures on google maps

[Edited on 1/23/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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

[Edited on 1/23/2020 by LeglizHemp]

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

[Edited on 1/23/2020 by LeglizHemp]

 

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  posted on 1/23/2020 at 03:10 PM
Rained last night.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2020 at 04:26 PM
Really hope it helped turn the advantage to the firefighters - just a shame the plane crash on Tuesday - best wishes
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  posted on 1/24/2020 at 04:25 PM
Pooh Corner

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

 

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  posted on 1/25/2020 at 06:19 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?

 

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  posted on 1/25/2020 at 09:46 PM
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

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  posted on 1/26/2020 at 12:03 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.

 

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  posted on 1/26/2020 at 04:26 PM
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6599193/smoke-haze-returns-to-canber ra/

 

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  posted on 1/26/2020 at 05:21 PM
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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.

 

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  posted on 1/26/2020 at 06:43 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.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2020 at 01:05 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/

 

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  posted on 1/27/2020 at 02:57 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]

 

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  posted on 1/27/2020 at 11:25 PM
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/

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 02:45 AM
Military helicopter blamed for Orroral Valley fire

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

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 06:53 AM
Oh no - how did it happen? Story didnít say
Best wishes - just a tough situation for everybody

 

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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."

 

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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.

MORE COVERAGE:

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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.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 03:43 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/

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 07:20 PM
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6603411/crucial-chance-to-attack-orr oral-valley-fire-ahead-of-coming-horror-conditions/

 

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  posted on 1/28/2020 at 10:51 PM
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

 

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