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Mitchell fire. Your pictures and video

By johnboy - 16 September 2011 32

Photo by Thisisaname

For all of the ESA reporting and safety warnings please read our earlier report

[Lead photo by ThisIsAName]


photo by gungahlin al

The first photo was sent in by Gungahlin Al at 2.20am.


Photo by Mamunul

Mamunul sent this in of the explosions at 2.48am.


sms warning

Overlord has noted at 3.35am that the SMS warning left a bit to be desired:

This kind of basic spelling mistake is just embarrassing. Made me doubt it’s validity until I checked the riot act.


phot by simon

Simon sent this in at 3.04am


photo by Deeba

Deeba sent this in at 3.51am from Franklin


Dale sent this video in at 4.02am


photo by daniel curby

Daniel Curby sent this in at 4.03am


photo by renee

Renee sent this in at 4.24am


photo by James

And then came the dawn. James sent this in at 6.12am


photo by Emma

Emma sent this in at 6.45am


photo by Grace

Grace sent this in at 7.11am


photo by rodent

Rodent sent this in at 8.07am


kazza the blank one

Kazza the Blank One sent this in at 8.08am from Evatt, as well as this concerning one of the smoke buildup.

kazza the blank one


photo by welkin31

Welkin31 took this on Harcourt Hill and sent it in at 8.37am


OhMyGoy sent in that Facebook humour is at its finest at 8.52am


photo by martin

Martin’s sent in this one.


photo by john lafferty

John Lafferty has sent in this alarming panorama.


Steve and Jen sent in this video this morning which includes the explosions


photo by diana

Diana took a set from the paddocks between Mitchell and Hilltops at Crace


(more to come, if you’ve got pictures or video please send them in to images@the-riotact.com )

Here’s a slideshow of everything sent in so far.

What’s Your opinion?


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32 Responses to
Mitchell fire. Your pictures and video
Gungahlin Al 11:19 am 16 Sep 11

No sweat.

I thought it was the Majura firing range to start with and was cranky. Then I saw the mushroom cloud of smoke that seemed to be down the end of my street, and grabbed what I could and flew out.

Was further away obviously. While there, there were about 20 explosions (all while I had the phone on another screen trying to post updates to our FB and Twitter feeds @gungahlincc with many corrections due to shivering..)

Smoke started drifting over the crowds at Franklin about 3am and the police started asking everyone to move further away, and donned facemasks themselves.
That’s when I bugged out and have been manning GCC FB and Twitter ever since except 30 minutes sleep.

SMS messages came about 3.30, landline auto messages shortly afterwards. Some complaints – one person got the message in Hawaii! Weird that they’d use subscriber lists rather than a broadcast from relevant base stations… No doubt that will be the subject of much discussion over coming days.

We emailed our mailing list when we got the news about bus and school closures this morning.
About 140 comments on http://www.facebook.com/gungahlin and 50 new subscribers.

Shane Rattenbury MLA called to update a tweet where we questioned that the EPA licence was for Winchcombe Crt. He’s confirmed a Notifiable Instrument was issued at the new address at 60 Dacre St.

Busy morning…finally got some brekky at 11am…

yellowsnow 11:04 am 16 Sep 11

johnboy said :

The best photo is the one that is taken.

+1

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DermottBanana 10:49 am 16 Sep 11

I believe the SMSes were sent out based on postcode and the address you give when you register the SIM
Coz I lived in them there parts way back then, but don’t now, and I got one

The spelling is awfully unprofessional though.
Everyone knows a trademark of spam messages is their poor grasp of the language. For the ACT Fire Services to not know how to spell ‘incident’ and ‘residents’ is pretty woeful.

DUB 10:42 am 16 Sep 11

johnboy said :

The best photo is the one that is taken.

Oh, I do have plenty, the problem is JB-I keep them in TIFF, each around 70-110 Mb.
Perhaps, I shall send some in, to be featured? 🙂

johnboy 10:38 am 16 Sep 11

The best photo is the one that is taken.

DUB 10:36 am 16 Sep 11

Gungahlin Al said :

DUB said :

Gungahlin Al-you sooooo need a decent camera and upgrade to your phone.Sorry 😉

Mate I tore out of the house so quick only had one jacket. Was freezing and couldn’t hold the camera still, even leaning it against a streetsign.

Ok, please accept my apologies then.
But I keep my cameras by my bedside-always ready for any type of action to be captured. 🙂

Gungahlin Al 10:29 am 16 Sep 11

DUB said :

Gungahlin Al-you sooooo need a decent camera and upgrade to your phone.Sorry 😉

Mate I tore out of the house so quick only had one jacket. Was freezing and couldn’t hold the camera still, even leaning it against a streetsign.

DUB 10:15 am 16 Sep 11

Gungahlin Al-you sooooo need a decent camera and upgrade to your phone.Sorry 😉

gertel 10:07 am 16 Sep 11

I got that txt as well – but left Kaleen 6 months ago. Anyone know what database they use? It’s a great feature and I just want to make sure I get a txt if something happens near the new digs. I have updated my licence, electoral roll – I think Medicare/Australia.gov as well.

I will call Canberra Connect next week (I’m sure they are busy today) if no one knows.

Bluey 9:07 am 16 Sep 11

Driving down the federal hwy this morning after sneaking out the back of Harrison I had the best vantage point just before the Formula 1 motel there up on the hill. Looks like a burning oil well from Iraq in the middle of Mitchell.

Which isnt surprising given the place worked with mineral oil.

kezzafezza 9:03 am 16 Sep 11

Watson said :

Wow, so many people up in the middle of the night! I could not bring myself to get out of bed once I’d verified we were not under attack.

Exactly what I did. We live in Downer and it was so loud. I’d watched a war movie before I went to bed and quite promptly had a minor freakout when the explosions woke me. Once the hubby found out on twitter what it was, I just got back into bed

dpm 8:53 am 16 Sep 11

Anyone up at the highly sought after Hilltops at Crace? They would have had a good vantage point?! 🙂

Hope the fire is brought under control soon….

Watson 8:43 am 16 Sep 11

Wow, so many people up in the middle of the night! I could not bring myself to get out of bed once I’d verified we were not under attack.

steveu 8:24 am 16 Sep 11

Agree the spelling mistake is a bit of a worry, but glad that technology has been used in this way to let people know of the potential risk at the time.

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