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Old Oct 26, 2019, 5:12 PM   #1
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Default Scary times - surrounded by [sometimes] out-of-control bush files

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For the past 2-weeks we've had a fire in grasslands & low forest burning about 10km to the west of us. It was covering an area of about 5km N-S x 2km E-W. Depending upon the wind direction, on many occasions it has blown smoke across our small town. While the fire has been awful for farmers 'over there' for me as a photographer, I have enjoyed the extra-colourful sunrises / sunsets.


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However yesterday with additional days of both strong winds and higher temperatures, this fire returned with a vengence, jumping the river towards us and via flying embers started new fires downwind. All yesterday afternoon we could hear the sirens on the other side of the town, along with the aerial water bombing planes and the Fire Service spotter planes going downwind of the firefront looking for spot fires up to 1,5km out from the main fire.



After sundown yesterday the sirens were still going as fire trucks criss-crossed the area, and we could see the glow of the fires - now about 1km away - in the smoke overhead


This morning we're back to coloured smoke all around us, along with the smell of fire for the first time. It has burned grasslands now only a 1km to the west of my place, very scary for residents only those few streets away and closer to the drama. Today's maps of the fire damage now show an area of about 15km N-S x 10km E-W has been affected, along with some homes & many farm sheds being lost



The local news website says
NSW fires claim homes as heat and high winds fuel blazes across the state

Residents in northern NSW have been told it is too late to evacuate their homes as bushfires burn at emergency level in the region. The Rural Fire Service says a fire has crossed the river and is burning on the western side of Tuncurry. The fire at Tuncurry has burnt for more than a week, with strong winds fanning the flames. A fire to the west of Tuncurry which has been burning for weeks flared up this afternoon, prompting its elevation to emergency level. High temperatures and strong winds had resulted in high fire danger across the state. At 10:00pm AEDT there were 90 bush and grass fires burning across NSW, with 42 uncontained.

Deputy Commissioner Rogers said crews were tired and limited by the lack of water in drought-ravaged areas. "Some of these fires we have been dealing with them for the last two months now," he said. "It will get worse before it gets better." RFS spokesperson Anthony Clark said conditions are expected to ease slightly on Sunday, so today is a "race against the clock". He reminded people to report any fires to triple zero immediately.


For us now in the town, it's "just another day" - but for others more deeply involved, it's a damn sight more than that
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Old Oct 29, 2019, 4:05 PM   #2
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We're having a similar experience here in California with more to come over the next 2-3 days. Winds expected to gust to 70 mph. Power is being shut off to hundreds of thousands to prevent transformers and downed power lines from creating new fires. Very sad and scary.
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G'day Walter
Yes mate - I saw it on the TV news last night ... horrible stuff

It seems that for both of us, the hot / fire season is no longer confined to the hot 3 months of summer ~ you're going from summer into autumn and we're going from spring into summer > and both of us are experiencing huge fires

In northern New South Wales we have had fires going for over 4-6 weeks now, burning more square-miles over those weeks than ALL of the 2018 and 2017 summer seasons combined

Those fires stretch over a 120 kilometre / 80 mile distance of forest and farmland - all basically one fire where the ferocious 80km/h winds take burning embers a mile or two ahead of the burn and start a new fire. Like you we have also lost heaps of houses, heaps of farm out-buildings, vehicles etc. but few people's lives

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