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Old 01-18-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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Be careful

This probably doesn't need saying but bugger it I'm going to say it anyway.

The Confusion Rally has been cancelled because of bushfires, and I was out in the bush near Yea today and felt a bit uneasy. It's hard to believe that what was so green just a month or so ago, now is very dry and looks very ready to burn It's just on two years since the Black Saturday fires, and it looks to be as dry out there now as it was then.
By the nature of what most of us love doing, we spend a lot of time out in the bush, and yes, it's "normal" for bushfires at this time of year.

Like I said, it doesn't need saying, but be careful out there fellas. Give a bit of thought to whether you need to be there, and if you can, try to work out which way you're going to go if the worst happens.
Give a thought, and a word of thanks, to the volunteer firies out there too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Wise words indeed Clancy!!
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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And please if you must have a fire PLEASE make sure that you extinguish it.

There is talk that the Glen Maggie fires may have been caused by a campfire from Erica.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:41 AM   #4
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I wouldn't be taking a hot exhaust anywhere offroad at the moment, very risky buisness for all.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:42 AM   #5
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I know the feeling

43c & 9% humidity here yesterday + high winds, I stayed home, blocked the gutters, tested the fire pump & waited.

I'm a retired CFS Captain & know only too well what can happen.

I remember the wind that came thru here on it's way to Victoria on Black Saturday, scared the shit out of me.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:59 AM   #6
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Not a time to be venturing out into the scrub, especially with the wind we've had here, gusting to 80kph +
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:23 AM   #7
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43c & 9% humidity here yesterday + high winds, I stayed home, blocked the gutters, tested the fire pump & waited.
Curious... Why would you block the gutters? I'm a city boy
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:30 AM   #8
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Curious... Why would you block the gutters? I'm a city boy
Semi city born here too but you block the down pipes and fill the gutters with water to try stopping the embers setting any leaves in your gutters alight.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:32 AM   #9
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To stop ember attack. Block your gutters and fill them with water.

In strong wind embers can travel a great distance and can end up under your your roof and catch fire.

Preparing for bush fires as Aussie as throwing up on a Kon tiki tour of Europe.

I got my place fire ready a couple of weeks ago. When we the big fires near Hobart.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:49 AM   #10
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Uh Clancy old son: Black Saturday was near-on FOUR years ago...
But yes, otherwise you're spot on.
It's ten years (to the day) since Canberra burned, and near-enough 30 years since Ash Wednesday.

Yet, if you read the excellent book 'Inferno' by Roger Franklin, it's obvious that many shire councils just don't get the message - that prescribed pre-emptive burns lessen fuel load, and that humans are more valuable than gum-trees....
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:50 AM   #11
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Curious... Why would you block the gutters? I'm a city boy
Coz my roof-top sprinklers are fed from my dam, but my drinking water comes off the roof - and I don't want duckshit in my tea!
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:21 AM   #12
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Ive got frogs and duck shit in my tanks but gee Im lucky.


30 years ago I was fighting those Ash Wednesday Fires. I also got to Stretham, Bemm River and Cann River and a few in the highlands of Victoria.

Struth 30 years ago.....how did that happen?
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:34 AM   #13
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Uh Clancy old son: Black Saturday was near-on FOUR years ago...
But yes, otherwise you're spot on.
It's ten years (to the day) since Canberra burned, and near-enough 30 years since Ash Wednesday.

Yet, if you read the excellent book 'Inferno' by Roger Franklin, it's obvious that many shire councils just don't get the message - that prescribed pre-emptive burns lessen fuel load, and that humans are more valuable than gum-trees....

Oops

The sentiments remain the same.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:36 AM   #14
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Wise words indeed Clancy!!
I knew 2013 would be the "year of the miracle".
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:09 AM   #15
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A Cupla pix from earlier today in th Gippsland. Not good. The wind was turning from NW, to SW, and pushing it back into the high country. Shocker.



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