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Old January 4 2013, 10:02 AM   #16
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Re: Australians - heat and fire

I had no idea there were so many Aussie on here. I thought they all lived near me in London.
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Old January 4 2013, 10:11 AM   #17
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8:15pm and still 40C. But there's a breeze. I'm going to sit on the porch, drink a cider I stashed in the freezer and read the Firefly comics I got as a belated Christmas present.
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Old January 4 2013, 10:25 AM   #18
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It is 37C in Hobart, down from a top of 41.8
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Old January 4 2013, 01:42 PM   #19
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I hope everyone stays safe.
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Old January 4 2013, 07:21 PM   #20
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How very scary! As an outsider it's hard to get a perspective - are any of you folks here on the board close to these fires? I hope not, and I hope that everyone is able to stay safe. What a terrible situation.
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Old January 4 2013, 10:22 PM   #21
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http://www.theage.com.au/environment...104-2c8j1.html

80 houses lost in Tasmania. Miss Chicken as I understand it is not near these fires and no one else is from the forum.

Heat didn't drop below 100 until 2am. I didn't have any trouble sleeping through it though.
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Old January 4 2013, 10:39 PM   #22
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They say that that 80 buildings lost is a low estimate and only takes into account those lost at Dunalley (65) and Boomer Bay(15). Still no confirmation if a man has died at Dunalley.

Buildings lost at Dunalley includes the school, petrol station, the RSL, shops and homes. The pub has survived ans some residents have taken shelter in it.

It is believed that there has been property destroyed at Murdanna and Connellys Marsh.

There has been a heavy loss of livestock.

My sister's boyfriend, who lives at Koonya (about 7 kilometers from Nubeena) left his house and spent the night at a beach. I can't say I was at all worried about him last night because he was so close to Nubeena.

Overnight the sea rescue operation has plucked more than 1000 people off beaches along the Tasman Peninsula and brought the people to Hobart.

My other sister has been contacted by our friend, Janet, from Bicheno. She is safe. One house has been lost at Bicheno.

80 houses lost in Tasmania. Miss Chicken as I understand it is not near these fires and no one else is from the forum.
Yes, I am quite safe. I live about 18 km from the most western edge of the Dunalley fire.

It is now only 20C in Hobart and this should make the fire fighting much easier.
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Old January 4 2013, 10:50 PM   #23
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I'm glad no-one from the forums is directly affected. The British media isn't very good at reporting on Australian matters, as far as I can tell. Maybe I'm just using the wrong sources, but if it wasn't for this thread I wouldn't even know there was a crisis.
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Old January 4 2013, 11:20 PM   #24
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Her is a map of the affected area



The western edge of the fire is near Dodges Ferry.

The Tasman Peninsula is the area south of Dunalley. The fire has not yet reached Eaglehawk Neck though people there have been told to evacuate.

I live at Howrah.
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Old January 4 2013, 11:52 PM   #25
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Recent update


About 30% of all buildings in Dunalley have been destroyed. On top of the buildings I have mentioned above the bakery and the police station are gone.

Building losses at Connellys Marsh are about 40%.

About 20 houses have been destroyed in the Murdunna area.

Three houses have been loss at Copping. A number have been loss at Primrose Sands (South-east of Dodges Ferry).

There are about 2000 people taking refuge at Nubeena and another 700 at the Port Arthur Historical Site.
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Old January 5 2013, 02:01 AM   #26
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Up on the NSW Central Coast, it's 'only' high 20s/low 30s here now. Couple of years ago we experienced 45. No fires for now.
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Old January 5 2013, 07:13 AM   #27
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I am not sure but I think that the houses of my friend at Bicheno and my sister's boyfriend's house in Koonya might be in danger though I don't think me friends themselves are in danger as both said that they were going to evacuate last night. We haven't heard from them since.
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Old January 5 2013, 10:43 AM   #28
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Smoke filled sky over Hobart (an hour before sunset)



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Old January 5 2013, 05:44 PM   #29
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They actually covered this story on the "around the world" segment of my local news this morning. They discussed the various structures that had been destroyed in Dunalley. The images were quite sad.
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Old January 5 2013, 10:24 PM   #30
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UPDATE - still no confirmed deaths.

The possible death reported at Dunalley was reported by a firefighting crew who was force to take shelter in their firetruck as the fire passed over them. Just before the fire went over them they spotted a man who was trying to defend his home. There was no way the crew could reach him and later they couldn't see him and reported him as a possible death. However no body has been found and it seems that the man might have escape somehow.

The weather conditions on Friday were very similar to those that occurred on 7 Feb 1967 when fire swept through southern Tasmania. However back then 62 people died, 2000 buildings lost and 264,000 ha ((652,360 acres) burnt in just five hours. As far as the current fire go about 36,000 ha have burnt and about 100-110 buildings lost. I think this shows just how much better fire fighting techniques and equipment are than they were back in 1967 and also how much better the early warning system and evacuation procedures are.

Some very lucky escapes

One extended family on a caravaning holiday was trapped with fires on three sides of them. Luckily they were spotted by a fire bombing helicopter. The helicopter bombed their site time after time with water from a nearby dam until the fire had passed.

One woman holding her 11 month old son had to wade out until only their heads were above water as fire burnt down to the water line.

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