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READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby fish » Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:26 am

I have no idea what this day will bring. *:|*

I've been awake since about 2:00am with the smell of smoke everywhere.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-03/adelaide-hills-face-most-dangerous-fire-day-since-ash-wednesday/5998294

My place is in a relatively built up area rather than in one of the many small hills towns that have already been evacuated, yet the nearest of them is less than 10mins away by car.
Temperatures in the mid 40's, winds of 100kms/hr, and an out of control bushfire upwind of me do not bode well.

I hope to call in later.
Wish me luck. :W
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby DMt. » Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:30 pm

Jeez! :shock: :(

Break both legs, Fishy. :wink:
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby fish » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:08 am

Thanks mate. ^O^


Several relatively good things happened yesterday.
Gigantic clouds of smoke blocked out the sun for most of the day so the temperature stayed in the mid 30's instead of climbing higher, then early in the afternoon the wind dropped and changed direction from north to south-west, pushing the fire away from the city fringes and back into the Mt Lofty Ranges, which also cleared much of the smoke.

My place is completely undamaged and is now out of danger but the fire is still out of control and spreading in all directions.
All roads into the fire area are blocked.

Here are three pics taken from this site. https://www.facebook.com/SampsonFlatFireSA/timeline

1. The map.
On the lower left of this pic is a pink area defining the outer north-eastern suburbs. This is where I live.

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2. The road into the beautiful town of Gumeracha. Taken yesterday.

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3. The smoke plume yesterday, taken from near the small town of One Tree Hill.

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Emergency evacuation centers have been set up to care for people forced to evacuate their homes.
Similarly emergency centers have been established to care for any lost/injured animals trying to escape from the fire.

The people and businesses of Adelaide have come in their thousands to provide food, drink and shelter to anyone/anything in need.

Special praise and thanks has to be made for the heroic efforts of the firefighters both on land and in the air.

Estimates of property damage cannot be made yet because it's just too dangerous to go and look and the smoke blocks any attempt from the air.

There are injuries but thankfully no reports of any deaths at this stage.

The weather over the next couple of days looks fairly benign but on Wednesday the forecast is for high temperatures and strong winds again.
No rain is forecast.
Hopefully the fire will be contained by then, but if not we face more critical times.

I don't know when things will get back to normal but I'll try to let you know what's going on.
I'm dying to take some time off to watch Fucking Åmål again. :W
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby Ian » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:45 am

Jesus. :shock:

Stay safe, fish.
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby DMt. » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:47 am

The bit about the people of Adelaide coming en masse to help out is pretty damn fine.

Thinking of you and wishing you well, Fish.
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby Dahls » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:38 pm

Sorry to hear this, Fish.
Wish we could send over some of our immense amount of snowfall. :|


We were stricken by great forest fires as well, just a few towns from my own, after a long dry period around this time last year.
Huge damages I remember, but thankfully no casualties.
I hope you guys can avoid that too. :(
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby fish » Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:58 am

Dahls wrote:...Wish we could send over some of our immense amount of snowfall. :| ...

So do I.
The supposed rainfall that came yesterday morning amounted to less than ½ a millimeter.
Not even enough to wet the ground. :(

I remember you saying about your fires last year.
I hope everyone has recovered from them.

This pic is undated but was probably taken on Saturday out towards One Tree Hill.

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With the help of several hundred more firefighters from New South Wales and Victoria much is being done to build containment lines which hopefully will prevent too many flare-ups when the weather gets nasty again on Wednesday.
These people are my heroes. _O_

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-05/adelaide-hills-bushfires-teams-sent-in-to-assess-damage/5999750
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby Ian » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:20 am

Wow. :shock:
Glad you're doing alright. Fingers crossed for you.
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby DMt. » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:52 am

Scary stuff like this can be a great catalyst for the best [as well as the worst] in people.

Let's keep the intent of safety and kindness flowing towards everyone [but especially our Fishy] in danger there.
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby Santi » Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:50 pm

How is the fire now?
It is terrible, it is huge.

To me it would be very afraid.
The most important is to be happy!
(sorry for my mistakes I don't speak english very well.
I write and read with the help of Google Translate)
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby amarie » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:31 am

Oh my goodness! :( I had no idea this was going on in your neck of the woods! Stay safe and I hope all is well with our friend Fish!
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby fish » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:02 am

Thank you all for your thoughts.
Much appreciated. :)

Much of the fire is now within containment lines and hopefully the fire's spread will be restricted in tomorrow's heat and wind.
Damage assessment teams have been able to enter many areas but I guess the full extent won't be known for days yet.
Some roads are now opened to let property owners back in, but many are still closed.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-05/26-houses-destroyed-in-sa-fires/6000932

There's no light at the end of the tunnel yet, but at least we now know we're in a tunnel. *:|*
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby Ian » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:54 am

Glad things are at least improving a tad, fishy.
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby fish » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:42 am

Lots of positives about today.

Still very hot but the strong winds never eventuated.
A huge tropical low pressure system off the north-west coast of the country has cast its influence all the way to the south coast.
The lightening isn't good on the tinder dry bush, but at about 2:30 this afternoon it started to rain at One Tree Hill.
I'm laughing and crying at the same time.
I hope there's plenty more to come.

Firies at One Tree Hill at around 2:30. *:)* *:)*

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Before the rain started.

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We know it's a tunnel, and now there's a glow ahead of us.
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Re: READ THIS!!!!!!!

Postby DMt. » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:33 am

Wishing you all plenty of Manchester's rain, Fishy... 8)
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