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Jan 18 2003 Mt Taylor

By Danman - 28 March 2007 19

In the spirit of both youtube and RiotACT – I present the following I found for your perusal.

Enjoy.

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Jan 18 2003 Mt Taylor
Danman 2:51 pm 29 Mar 07

We had to camp inside our house for about a week with no electricity – Jennybel75 – you were on the same side of the road as me – didnt it suck that after like 2 days across the road had electricity and we still had to wait about another 3 days.

fecker 1:49 pm 29 Mar 07

I was living in Pearce at the time, right near the top, so I really appreciate you putting this footage out there on the web. The wind was hoffific and kept blowing glowing embers onto our rooves.

They reckon that it is because us Mt. Taylor residents are so used to fires on the Pearce side that we got away with so little house loss despite the blaze.

WE were organised, generally prepared for fire anyway, and most importantly helped each other out (connecting hoses, bucket chains, protecting neighbours properties that weren’t there…). We lost our power and lights etc for days afterwards – and yes it did stink from the smoke – every house! The sught and smell of bush smoke still triggers memories of Mt. Doom (I mean Taylor!)

xox

jennybel75 1:21 pm 29 Mar 07

I was living at 33 Devonport at the time

I was at 46. I remember watching some people helping the oldies out before the police evacuated us. I know what you mean about saving them, yes it was the right thing to do, but was it the best thing to do? Very tough question.

Also know what you mean about the vid. I think it’s partly because we were there and it still seems a somewhat unbelievable thing to have happened. It helps us confirm that, yes, it really did happen.

DarkLadyWolfMother 11:49 am 29 Mar 07

I think the PTSD affects a lot of us. Heck, I don’t even go on the ‘Earthquake Simulator’ at questacon because the warning siren still gives me chills.

As for the sight/smell of smoke, that still triggers me too.

Probably didn’t help I was(am) suffering PTSD for another reason when the fires hit. Issues? I’ve got Leather bound Volumes.

Danman 11:09 am 29 Mar 07

I was living at 33 Devonport at the time – my friends wife and I were saving some old timers – helping them out of their house and we could hear her homebrews in their tin shed exploding – funny thing was they thought we were there to steal her homebrews – you could smell them cooking.

Highlight was elvis waterbombing a few houses in teh street – though was just putting out the fire – the houses were beyond saving by then.

Post fires I was constantly questioning wether or not I/We did the right thing – saving the oldies – everything they had was burnt in the fires – sometimes I still think fate would have been kinder if they went as well – because their lives seemed pretty empty when everything they own has gone up in smoke – with no insurance….

I still see myself looking around at the desolation in slow motion – sure I had a brave face – but when I rang my mother later that night I was a bubbling mess of emotion..

yet I still look at the images and video – disturbing as it is…. I dont know why…

scanACT 10:18 am 29 Mar 07

Sorry folks, program had collapsed, it is back up and running now.

Cheers…

jennybel75 10:14 am 29 Mar 07

I was in lyons – not nearly the thick of it – but we still lost about 4 houses near the sub station and the sub station itself.
Was pretty full on for me – living about 100m from the power station.

Just watching that gives me the creeps..

I must have slight PTSD because I get really jittery and paranoid whenever I smell/see bushfire haze and smoke.

I’m in pretty much the same position as you, I was living just a bit further up Devonport St (closest house that burnt was 4 away) at the time and also still get a bit jittery at unexplained woodsmoke. Watching this just took me right back to the day.

The weirdest thing I found on the day was all the spectator’s cars in the street watching the fire come across Oakey Hill and the reserve.

Sammy 8:45 am 29 Mar 07

The scanact feeds seem to be dead.

Danman 8:58 pm 28 Mar 07

Up for some group counselling sessions Cranky?

cranky 8:55 pm 28 Mar 07

Thank you Danman. I thought it was just me.

Danman 8:52 pm 28 Mar 07

I was in lyons – not nearly the thick of it – but we still lost about 4 houses near the sub station and the sub station itself.
Was pretty full on for me – living about 100m from the power station.

Just watching that gives me the creeps..

I must have slight PTSD because I get really jittery and paranoid whenever I smell/see bushfire haze and smoke.

Vic Bitterman 8:42 pm 28 Mar 07

The original of that came from http://www.scanact.net

If you connect your media player to http://www.scanact.net/scan.asx you will get a southern region emergency services scanner, including Queanbeyan Police, South coast and Illawarra police, Canberra Firies and a few more. It’s a great listen on a bored evening….

johnboy 7:51 pm 28 Mar 07

The text on it is:

The January 18 2003 Canberra bushfires, sweeping across Mount Taylor and surrounds.

The darkest time was between approx. 3:30 and 4:30 PM!

Filmed from Kambah ACT, by a ScanACT member.

Growling Ferret 7:30 pm 28 Mar 07

I’m trying to work out where it was filmed from?

Anyone know?

ex0dus1985 7:07 pm 28 Mar 07

That is so eerie, I live in Gungahlin so didn’t experience the thick smoke. Or the fires so close to homes. I can’t even imagine being the fire fighters trying to contain blazes like that.

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