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Old Dec 8th 2006, 10:23 am   #1
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For those of us who live in this beautiful State ....it's going to be a bad weekend

Those that live in the bush, be careful
Those, like me, who live near the city, keep your windows closed, and if you're travelling...be careful.

And Badge ...be brave and VERY careful out there.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...081121451.html

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For those of us who live in this beautiful State ....it's going to be a bad weekend

Those that live in the bush, be careful
Those, like me, who live near the city, keep your windows closed, and if you're travelling...be careful.

And Badge ...be brave and VERY careful out there.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...081121451.html
Sounds terrible Cas, will be thinking of all of you over there.
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Safe here in Melbourne...but it has been very smokey.

Wanted to take my Mum up to the east Murray river area next week...but don't think so....see how it goes.

But that is an insignificant problem....
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Safe here in Melbourne...but it has been very smokey.

Wanted to take my Mum up to the east Murray river area next week...but don't think so....see how it goes.

But that is an insignificant problem....
I've just clicked on the link...

"with the potential to burn up to 600,000 hectares"

Jesus H Christ :scared:
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I've just clicked on the link...

"with the potential to burn up to 600,000 hectares"

Jesus H Christ :scared:
The problem is the strong hot north wind ...straight from the Outback....no rain and and temps of 37 to 40C over the weekend...
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The problem is the strong hot north wind ...straight from the Outback....no rain and and temps of 37 to 40C over the weekend...
Dont forget to take plenty of fluids...

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The problem is the strong hot north wind ...straight from the Outback....no rain and and temps of 37 to 40C over the weekend...

That wind is really hot isn't it. It's been 42 here today, and last time we had the wind from the north you got it over the the next day.

Tomorrow is going to be even worse.
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I thought all the hot air was coming from Canberra
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[QUOTE=CasG]For those of us who live in this beautiful State ....it's going to be a bad weekend

Those that live in the bush, be careful
Those, like me, who live near the city, keep your windows closed, and if you're travelling...be careful.

And Badge ...be brave and VERY careful out there.

[QUOTE]

Why Badge, is he in the CFA? Our friend's been called in, he'll be leaving at 6am for 3 days - I think he's looking forward to it.

They're amazing people, all that effort for no money - they don't even get a rebate on rates, or a Christmas party paid for.

If anyone is new to bush areas and hasn't already sorted out their fire plan I'd suggest getting a non-electric emergency phone, keep your mobile charged up and/or battery operated radio and be ready to leave in a heartbeat. There are a lot of power outages when it's very hot and it's disconcerting and pretty dangerous to have no lines of communication.

Does Pollyanna have any brief advice on this like she did for the cyclone earlier this year?

Anyway, all the best to those in the firing line.
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Why Badge, is he in the CFA? Our friend's been called in, he'll be leaving at 6am for 3 days - I think he's looking forward to it.

They're amazing people, all that effort for no money - they don't even get a rebate on rates, or a Christmas party paid for.

If anyone is new to bush areas and hasn't already sorted out their fire plan I'd suggest getting a non-electric emergency phone, keep your mobile charged up and/or battery operated radio and be ready to leave in a heartbeat. There are a lot of power outages when it's very hot and it's disconcerting and pretty dangerous to have no lines of communication.

Does Pollyanna have any brief advice on this like she did for the cyclone earlier this year?

Anyway, all the best to those in the firing line.
Badge and Renth, and there may be others, are all volunteer Firies - Badge being CFA.

Fire isn't as big a risk in Qld at this time of year (usually) as it is further south, because the humdity rises here in storm season
I think you'll find all of the Fire Services have websites - ours (for Bushfires) is here -
http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Bushfire_Safety/

Others include Victoria - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/residents/index.htm
and New South Wales - http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/residents/index.htm

And forgive me those of you who know this - the number to ring for emergency services here is 000, NOT 999
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And forgive me those of you who know this - the number to ring for emergency services here is 000, NOT 999
Thanks for that. It's just the sort of information that I, for one, would have forgotten & the website's a good idea but I think I'll wait till morning to read it.

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For those of us who live in this beautiful State ....it's going to be a bad weekend

Those that live in the bush, be careful
Those, like me, who live near the city, keep your windows closed, and if you're travelling...be careful.

And Badge ...be brave and VERY careful out there.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...081121451.html
That's awful news everyone stay safe.
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Stay safe guys! My thoughts will be with you.

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