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Lightning Smoke & Fire

Post  2wheelsagain on Thu 16 Jan 2014, 8:12 pm

19:30 15 Jan 2014




This is our state wide map of fires burning as of a few minutes ago.
I'm working as logistics officer at our incident control centre at Heyfield.
Its one of my fire roles and I generally enjoy it but days like this when our district has several new fires start or found its pretty stressfull.
I'll be here at least until Sunday and by then all my hair will be grey Sad
Thankfully on my days off I'll be able to go for a ride and de-stress.


While you're complaining about the heat please spare a thought for the people actually fighting the fires especially the ones in green overalls who dont get the acknowledgement they deserve or the respect the yellow overalls seems to attract  Wink


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Post  paul on Thu 16 Jan 2014, 8:27 pm

Yep , it's a worrying time of the year, with more to come .................we haven't had a major one in the Adelaide hills for quite a while so every summer it's fingers crossed natural causes , or some dickhead doesn't cause one .  We have a few fires going on around SA , & total respect for all concerned who combat them either here or any where else .................bloody tough job .

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Post  Ewok1958 on Thu 16 Jan 2014, 9:10 pm

East Gippsland looks to have its share of hot spots Chris - we've had a lot of spring and summer rains just past there so I'd be assuming sufficient fuel for it to become a big burn.  A lot of it is isolated I suppose to not threaten many properties.
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Post  jstava on Fri 17 Jan 2014, 2:39 pm

I agree with the sentiments of 2wheelsagain.  Re: DEPI firefighters.
 
I've got two very good friends in green who are doing the seasonal firefighting thing for the second and third year, respectively.  I've HUGE respect for them.  They are young, awesomely fit people. It's a privilege to work alongside these people during the Winter when we are doing very different, other things.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 17 Jan 2014, 10:57 pm

Well our 80 or so people here in our little part of Gippsland managed to hold onto most of our fires.
Crews spent most of the day protecting "assets" and did a great job.
We havent lost anyone or anyones house. A shed with 6 cars indide was lost but the house a few metres away was saved.

The west of the stats has copped a hammering and the wind change that was expected has now been pushed back so tomorrow could be as bad as today was predicted to be.

I'm pulling an all-nighter and it will probably turn into a 26 or 27hr shift and back again tomorrow night.

Here's a current map.

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Post  bruiser2310 on Fri 17 Jan 2014, 11:32 pm

We in the Blue Mountains know what Victoria,SA and WA are going through.We all pray for the safety of everyone and their properties
Hope all the fires are put out quickly so everyone can go home to their loved ones.
Maybe the Greens will let us backburn this year and not leave it for another 20 years.
My wife and I have been involved with the bushfire relief and furniture donations up here.
we have seen the destruction.we have dealt with people in pain losing everything and it`s not a pretty site.
Please do what the cops,firemen tell you.If they say get out for God`s sake FUCK OFF.
You can rebuild a house but not a life.
Good luck and Please Stay Safe

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Post  Hammy on Sat 18 Jan 2014, 8:08 am

Onya 2W.  And everyone else concerned.
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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Sat 18 Jan 2014, 8:26 am

Good on you Chris, ALL the Fireys are unbelievable, I mean everyone concerned, they/you do an amazing job. Keep up the good work and I hope you get a break in the weather sooner than later. Stay safe mate.
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