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Almost bought the Farm today - Oz Bushfires

Old 7th Feb 2009, 10:51
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Unhappy Almost bought the Farm today - Oz Bushfires

We are being savaged by Bushfires here. 14 dead, over 100 homes lost, God knows how many animals.


All in all, a pretty intense day.

(Excuse me if this is a little self indulgent, but it's quite therapeutic for me)

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Old 7th Feb 2009, 10:55
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 10:56
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Bad news

Buster, having been evacuated from our urbanisation in Spain a few years ago and watched fire sweep thru from one end to the other, I sympathise greatly with you. There's nothing worse than seeing the sunlight turn golden and the shadows turn deep blue and knowing a fire is coming towards you. We were lucky - Spanish houses constructed of stone don't burn and we had both Spanish and French aircraft bombing the fire - nine planes and choppers altogether - plus a thousand men on the ground, we survived with little damage. So best regards to you mate, all of us living in hot countries been there, done it, just hope we get away with it when it comes. Keep fingers crossed for you that you get some rain.

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If that's self indulgence, Buster, please continue. Keep us close to what's going on. One of the benefits of t'interweb - makes us neighbours.

And keep safe.
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Best of luck, Buster! I'v been up against a bush fire across the street from my house and it's scary stuff!

Take care out there!
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Yer puts our bleating about inconvenience caused by a bit snow into perspective,watch ter arse Mr H.
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I think you deserve several. Take care and keep safe.
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Cheers all.

Got to spend some time writing it all up now....at least I can.
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 11:29
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Respect. All CFA (Victorian Country Fire Authority = volunteer bush fire fire fighters) who go out and fight fires in those conditions are tough resourceful and truely risk their lives for their community.
Others may not know but we have had a day of 46.3 Centigrade, 35 to 45 knot winds (and higher in bushfires) and fires in dense Eucalyptus forrests (Eucalyptus oil = burns almost explosively once a big fire gets going). In the dense forrests with those conditions firefront travels at great speed (? 60mph+) and sounds like an express train coming at you as it approaches over the hills. Nothing on God's earth can stop it. It will also go even faster by spotting in front (bits of burning stuff carried by the wind and in those temperatures when it lands the forest just erupts). It is hard to describe the conditions. Into that go CFA Volunteers, and sensibly dressing in heavy fire gear and then do heavy physical work - hard, dangerous and impressive.
Once again, Buster et al, RESPECT

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Old 7th Feb 2009, 11:33
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I believe everyone should have an experience like that at least once in their life. It makes you think about what is important and what is not. It focuses the mind and makes you a better person, for a while at least.

I have no doubt that today Buster is a better man than what he was yesterday.
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John, not wrong about the Freight train. I couldn't hear the PA right next to me & there was constant chatter. We were lucky, no doubt about it.

Well Conan, I lost count of the "Hail Mary's" mate!!! Gotta count for something! Strange...when we were right amongst it, that was the first & only thing that came into my mind.... Mentally, I feel fine, and have done so since it happened. I'm very wary of delayed shock & the missus is keeping an eye on me just in case I go "a sandwhich short of a picnic!"

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Old 7th Feb 2009, 13:00
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Buster,

Where are you: Yarra Valley way? Awful stuff, you have all my sympathy for your long and arduous day Listening to 3LO at 1am, they're still calling urgent info for imminent ember attacks for so many areas, yet we (at Macedon) are getting heavy showers of rain.

Quite a tragic day, 14 confirmed dead, with expectations of 40+ come daylight when further checks can be made
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 13:04
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BH, a large lager or two for you.

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Not far from you John E. Enjoy that rain mate.

Cheers Brick.

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Old 7th Feb 2009, 13:28
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Stay safe, everyone in those conditions is living right on the edge. I cannot tell from what you have written in your last post, but did your colleague get out in the end I hope so.
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 13:33
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Haven't checked in for months, Buster, but serendipitously here I am tonight. Wars of words over politics or anything else are reduced to nothingness when the family safety is at issue. My best to you and your family. Hope everything turns out ok.

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Show them flames who da man. WHO DA MAN BUSTER!?

Keep up the good work guys...
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 14:13
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Sincere best wishes Buster - scary stuff
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Old 7th Feb 2009, 14:59
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BZ Buster, stay safe Mate.
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Stay safe, Buster.
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