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Bushfires in Oz
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:24:01 PM »
just some of my mates photos

sorry that they are too large to show as images here, but worth the linkclick anyway.

His house is just to the right of shot over the hill and this is the 2nd or 3rd time he'd had to run.
 The shots are from the coastal dunes at Marion Bay (looking west back towards  Hobart) Copping is where his house is situated. You can see by the grass in the foreground that the wind has switched  back to a northerly, and stopped the fire just before it got to his place.
That wind shift however doomed Dunalley (the town that was devastated) which is buried under the smoke in the second shot (which looks more souwesterly from the same vantage point)

http://s608.beta.photobucket.com/user/kin-hell/media/DSC_0179_zpsa734c56f.jpg.html

http://s608.beta.photobucket.com/user/kin-hell/media/DSC_0181a_zps1bdddc7e.jpg.html



elsewhere, I saw this shot
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In Australia apparently the 'automated' text message bushfire warning system is monitored.
http://imgur.com/gallery/TcwMe

the whole exchange is so typically australian
« Last Edit: January 09, 2013, 10:26:48 PM by kin hell »
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Bushfires in Oz
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 11:29:45 PM »
These folks seem to be taking the situation casually. Going for a swim at a time like that! Only in Australia...

Here is one of the pictures. The rest are in the link:



http://imgur.com/a/w72V7]http://imgur.com/a/w72V7]http://imgur.com/a/w72V7

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Re: Bushfires in Oz
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 12:36:11 AM »
...at least they didn't have to worry about sunblock while swimming  PP.

Again, Tassy is a small state and although I do not know these people, they are friends of my mate who sent the OP photos.

He was telling me (and qualifies  that while there are already numerous stories flying around some of which are probably bullshit he's heard this one from several sources and is inclined to credit it) that a group of diehard tasmaniacs decided to stay and defend their caravan. The fire obviously was beyond the scope of any domestic or normal agri water pipe and was about to consume them all in the caravan (last refuge) when they were saved by judicious helicopter water bombing.

My wife and I have since re-evaluated our position ( Mid coast NSW a suburban type house surrounded by national park and state forests with only one deep-bush winding road in and out, surrounded by full growth trees in a rough bush/rural setting) and we've realised running early is the only option.

We've already had one good fire just a few k's up the road (fortunately subdued by the rural fire service with the aid of fortuitous wind shift over a 24hr period) and I've since bookmarked the rfs updates to my menu bar.

If it's blowing southerly we'll bail for the ocean to the north of us, and if it's northerlies we've got an escape route planned to the great lake below us.

The water of life is apt (as your picture shows)
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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