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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone
Thought I would let you know how I am getting on down under. A bit different to the states with your below freezing.
The last week here has been a heat wave 5 days well over 40c. In my carport I measured 48c one day and most days it was still 40c at 8.00pm (almost sunset). Later in the day for three days in a row we had these electrical storms come through with the lighting strikes starting fires in the tinder dry country side, mainly in the mountains (Grampians).
A number of these fires in the mountains joined into one large fire and with the rough terrain the CFA (fire brigade ) couldn't get in to put it out. With constant wind changes the fires went on burning for three days. On the Friday the wind changed and sent the fires towards my property. At about midnight it is a scary sight seeing the fires whipped up by strong winds coming over the mountain towards you. We had three fire trucks with us standing guard to try and protect the house. We were lucky the fire missed us by about 1.5KM.
Nature has a way of making its presents felt.
36 houses burnt, heaps of out buildings, thousands of sheep and native animals along with 53,000ha of scrub and grassland.
No lives were lost due to the fires.
I have attached some photos.
Now back to my barn and make some quality sawdust.
John T
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Scary. Makes one wonder if any of the fires were arson. Hopefully not, as I think that would make it seem much worse then it already is. Glad you're OK.

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Hi John. I have relatives at Ararat.

Lightning can start these fires almost anywhere.

Glad you were out of the path...

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That's getting pretty close John. I'm glad it missed you. It gets very dry in BC and Alberta and possibly the other prairie provinces here in the summer and we get some large fires too. Luckily, the closet one to my place in BC was about 20 km, still very unsettling.

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We are at -9 F this morning--average that with your 40 C and we'd a comfortable day to work in the shop!! Glad the fire missed you.

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Theo, I hope that you are well, sometimes these fires have been arson, I am sure that you have that problem in the USA, bored persons who like to watch or fight fires, children with too much time on their hands, it generally gets exposed when there is a string of small fires started along a roadway, our authorities go after any fire bugs very hard and we do catch a few of them, the big issue over here is that there has not been enough proper hazard reduction so over the last eight to ten years then the fuel on the ground was very heavily built up and then it rained a lot so there was more fuel growth then it all went dry, far too much there so when the dry spell came then it was a tinder box that any small spark would ignite, the thing is that these fires have been reported around the world as the 'worst ever' and that is not true as there has been many many major fires worse over the decades, they were bad but they were defeated by determination, I am sure that you all know that Australia is a first world country and we are, we have very sophisticated fire services and evacuation protocols so we lose very few lives, some of the fire maps of Australia may have made you in the USA think that the whole country was on fire, the thing is that continental Australia is larger that the USA, there has been a lot of property losses but we do rebuild and move on. Neville
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Thank goodness the fire changed course. Thanks for sharing.
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Thank goodness it missed you, a bit too close for comfort.

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Hi John Glad the fire missed you. Wish we could trade a little of our cold weather for some of your 100+ temps. Just like Earl in Indiana here in Vermont it's below 0.
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