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Old October 17 2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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especially those in NSW - any of you affected by the bushfires?

More than 90 fires burning around NSW. 100s of homes may have been lost. Its only October - isn't it far too early in the season for fires to be this bad?
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Old October 17 2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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A friend of mine was evacuated.

That's all I've got.
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Old October 17 2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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I live in Penrith Western Sydney. There are a few fires close to me, but none threatening directly. Apparently 80 homes or more have been destroyed up around Springwood.
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Old October 17 2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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They're just up the road from me, say 20-30 kms.

My train was an hour late getting home. Smoke all over the place, but nothing close really.

"The sky was like a huge purple bruise." I've never understood that expression until today. That was exactly what it was like.

It's cooled off a lot and the wind's dropped. Let's hope it stays that way.
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Old October 17 2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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And only October. Terrible. No loss of life so far, thank god.
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Old October 17 2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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That's good. The loss of all those homes is heartbreaking enough. I hope everyone stays safe.
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Old October 17 2013, 11:54 PM   #7
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There has been one confirmed fatality, a 63 year old man. It looks like he collapsed while protecting his home. The fire service is going through burnt out homes, hopefully they won't find any bodies.

One fireflighter has serious burns.

No evidence that any of the fires were deliberately lit.

High fire danger expected to return on Sunday.

Video of the fires including, towards the end, of the amlunt of smoke over Sydney.



Does anyone know if an appeal has been set up yet?
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Old October 18 2013, 01:00 AM   #8
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The sky was all purple as I left Sydney yesterday. I wasn't effected. I know Newcastle Airport had to be closed, I saw people on the train had to rush to Sydney to change flights. Seen many updates about it. I should taken a shot of the sky. Very surreal.
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Old October 18 2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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Is there any explanation as to why the sky is purple? Whenever I have seen skies during bushfires the skies have been red or orange.
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Old October 18 2013, 02:32 AM   #10
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Not sure about the colour, just the mix of smoke and filtered sunlight, I guess.

The confirmed death is just north of where I live, though where I am is pretty safe.

Much cooler here today, which will help.
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Old October 18 2013, 03:19 AM   #11
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Not sure why the sky was purple. I heard about that death earlier. Seemed to happen around Swansea.
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Old October 18 2013, 11:26 AM   #12
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The death was at Lake Munmorah, a few suburbs over. Poor chap had just had a big operation of some kind, and apparently had a heart attack. His neighbours loved him. His dog was wandering round looking lost, just so sad. Some friends of my son lost a house they were renting at Catherine Hill Bay. My friend the volunteer fireman said his house in the Blue Mountains has escaped.
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Old October 19 2013, 10:49 AM   #13
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That's terrible. I hope they can get these fires under control quickly.
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Old October 19 2013, 08:07 PM   #14
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Australis, I'm happy that your friend's house wasn't damaged...don't worry about that...but I cannot stop laughing at this phrase:

"his house in the Blue Mountains has escaped".

I get this mental image of the house sprouting legs and running away.
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Old October 19 2013, 08:11 PM   #15
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On the other side of the ditch we're getting a couple of nice sunsets at the moment.

Not that it comes from something nice.
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