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Monster fire day. Bans, closures.

By johnboy 7 January 2013 58

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NSW emergency brass are on ABC News24 right now worried about the end of the world tomorrow.

In towns as close as Braidwood and including the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions they’re asking tourists to clear out.

We will, of course, keep you posted.


UPDATE 07/01/13 14:13: The ACT’s ESA has now issued a fire ban and extreme fire danger warning:

ACT Emergency Services Agency A/g Commissioner Tony Graham has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:

12:00am January 8, 2013 to 23:59pm January 8, 2013.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a very hot and windy day with a forecast top temperature of 38 degrees.

The forecast Fire Danger Rating for tomorrow in the ACT is predicted to be EXTREME.

The community is urged to report any smoke or fire sightings immediately to Emergency Triple Zero (000).

If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of EXTREME it may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving flames will be higher than roof tops.

There is a very high likelihood that people in the path of the fire will be injured or die. Many homes and businesses will be destroyed.

Only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety during a fire.

Thousands of embers will be blown around.

Spot fires will move quickly and come from many directions, up to 6 km ahead of the fire.

For your survival leaving is the best option. You should relocate to the location identified in your Bushfire Survival Plan.

The ESA advises you to make sure you know where you will get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. You can do this through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts or by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

To find out more about Total Fire Bans log on to the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.


UPDATE 07/01/13 14:21: TAMS are closing roads and reserves:

Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise that due to a total fire ban, which is in place tomorrow (Tuesday 8 January 2013), the following nature reserves and roads will be closed:

    — Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (the Visitor Centre will remain open);

    — selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old Mill Road, Warks Road, Mount Franklin Road at Piccadilly Circus, and the Corin Dam Road (the

    — Namadgi Visitor Centre will remain open);

    — Googong Foreshores;

    — Lower Molonglo River Corridor; and

    — Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary.

Note that the Boboyan Road and Brindabella Road remain open to through traffic.

Additionally Namadgi National Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Googong Foreshores as well as Kowen Forest will remain closed from tomorrow until 7 am Saturday 12 January 2013 in the interests of public safety.


UPDATE 07/01/13 14:28: The NSW RFS website now has “CATASTROPHIC” (the new one worse than EXTREME) fire danger warnings for the following regions tomorrow:

    — Illawarra/Shoalhaven,

    — Southern Ranges,

Which is all very close to home.

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Evil_Kitten 8:56 pm 09 Jan 13

switch said :

Evil_Kitten said :

I know they’ve closed down National Parks in NSW but I’m just wondering about spots in Canberra? Are our picnic areas still open, such as Uriarra etc?

Good Luck finding the information. Clicking on the obvious, “Nature reserve and road closures” on http://www.tams.act.gov.au does nothing. I know I found info eventually yesterday, through a long and devious route, but I just can’t remember how I did it. Casurina Sands (the one I was interested in) wasn’t on the list of closed places.

Thanks, there’s info there now, looks like it was updated this afternoon.

poetix 8:32 pm 09 Jan 13

Pork Hunt said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

el said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

el said :

This site is being updated regularly:

http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Not much good for the non FB users amongst us.

Really? You can view the entire page and all posted updates without signing in or having an account.

Hey, you can too! Thanks!

Oh cock! I just logged in to mutter darkly about social media on well, social media of sorts…
Ironic.

Alanis, is that you?

Pork Hunt 6:08 pm 09 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Thumper said :

LSWCHP said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Things that start fires that people might not think about:
* slashing/mowing dry grass and hitting a stone
* parking a petrol-fueled car over grass
* glass bottle in roadside litter
* welding, angle grinding.

It’s not all about cigarettes…

Yeah. I recall firing a couple of hundred rounds of tracer and ball from an M-60 one hot day back in the drought of the early 1980’s. After I finished shooting we all raced up to the other end of the range and spent half an hour with beaters, rakes and backpack sprays putting out numerous small fires. So if you’re thinking of opening up with tracer tomorrow, please reconsider. 🙂

Anyway, my brother-in-law is a senior fulltime firefighter. They live on a bush block in rural NSW, and they’re not taking any chances. They’ve got everything precious packed and are ready to bail out at a couple of minutes notice. It might turn out to be nothing, or it could be huge.

Holsworthy 1989. M-60 shoot with trace. Everything behind the butts caught fire and ended our day most prematurely 🙂

Something similar much more recently at majura range, but with a smoke grenade lol

OK, so it looks like the question should really be “Is there any current or ex serviceman who *hasn’t* started a fire on the range with ammunition or pyrotechnics?” 🙂

I haven’t started a fire but after one shoot, the ADG said “If we ever go war, we’ll have to give you twice as much ammunition as everyone else…”

LSWCHP 5:54 pm 09 Jan 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Thumper said :

LSWCHP said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Things that start fires that people might not think about:
* slashing/mowing dry grass and hitting a stone
* parking a petrol-fueled car over grass
* glass bottle in roadside litter
* welding, angle grinding.

It’s not all about cigarettes…

Yeah. I recall firing a couple of hundred rounds of tracer and ball from an M-60 one hot day back in the drought of the early 1980’s. After I finished shooting we all raced up to the other end of the range and spent half an hour with beaters, rakes and backpack sprays putting out numerous small fires. So if you’re thinking of opening up with tracer tomorrow, please reconsider. 🙂

Anyway, my brother-in-law is a senior fulltime firefighter. They live on a bush block in rural NSW, and they’re not taking any chances. They’ve got everything precious packed and are ready to bail out at a couple of minutes notice. It might turn out to be nothing, or it could be huge.

Holsworthy 1989. M-60 shoot with trace. Everything behind the butts caught fire and ended our day most prematurely 🙂

Something similar much more recently at majura range, but with a smoke grenade lol

OK, so it looks like the question should really be “Is there any current or ex serviceman who *hasn’t* started a fire on the range with ammunition or pyrotechnics?” 🙂

switch 9:17 am 09 Jan 13

Evil_Kitten said :

I know they’ve closed down National Parks in NSW but I’m just wondering about spots in Canberra? Are our picnic areas still open, such as Uriarra etc?

Good Luck finding the information. Clicking on the obvious, “Nature reserve and road closures” on http://www.tams.act.gov.au does nothing. I know I found info eventually yesterday, through a long and devious route, but I just can’t remember how I did it. Casurina Sands (the one I was interested in) wasn’t on the list of closed places.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:15 am 09 Jan 13

Thumper said :

LSWCHP said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Things that start fires that people might not think about:
* slashing/mowing dry grass and hitting a stone
* parking a petrol-fueled car over grass
* glass bottle in roadside litter
* welding, angle grinding.

It’s not all about cigarettes…

Yeah. I recall firing a couple of hundred rounds of tracer and ball from an M-60 one hot day back in the drought of the early 1980’s. After I finished shooting we all raced up to the other end of the range and spent half an hour with beaters, rakes and backpack sprays putting out numerous small fires. So if you’re thinking of opening up with tracer tomorrow, please reconsider. 🙂

Anyway, my brother-in-law is a senior fulltime firefighter. They live on a bush block in rural NSW, and they’re not taking any chances. They’ve got everything precious packed and are ready to bail out at a couple of minutes notice. It might turn out to be nothing, or it could be huge.

Holsworthy 1989. M-60 shoot with trace. Everything behind the butts caught fire and ended our day most prematurely 🙂

Something similar much more recently at majura range, but with a smoke grenade lol

Evil_Kitten 2:04 am 09 Jan 13

I know they’ve closed down National Parks in NSW but I’m just wondering about spots in Canberra? Are our picnic areas still open, such as Uriarra etc?

Pork Hunt 4:30 pm 08 Jan 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

el said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

el said :

This site is being updated regularly:

http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Not much good for the non FB users amongst us.

Really? You can view the entire page and all posted updates without signing in or having an account.

Hey, you can too! Thanks!

Oh cock! I just logged in to mutter darkly about social media on well, social media of sorts…
Ironic.

thebrownstreak69 4:13 pm 08 Jan 13

el said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

el said :

This site is being updated regularly:

http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Not much good for the non FB users amongst us.

Really? You can view the entire page and all posted updates without signing in or having an account.

Hey, you can too! Thanks!

el 4:00 pm 08 Jan 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

el said :

This site is being updated regularly:

http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Not much good for the non FB users amongst us.

Really? You can view the entire page and all posted updates without signing in or having an account.

thebrownstreak69 3:32 pm 08 Jan 13

el said :

This site is being updated regularly:

http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Not much good for the non FB users amongst us.

Madam Cholet 3:09 pm 08 Jan 13

I can’t get on the NSW RFS site at all now. It was good info this morning though. Think I’ll stick to ABC info via radio and twitter.

el 1:24 pm 08 Jan 13

This site is being updated regularly:

http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Russ 1:11 pm 08 Jan 13

Mothy said :

clicking through to one of the news alerts for the three noted fires in Namadgi (Sentry Box Mountain, Mt Ginini, and Rendezvous Creek) doesn’t give current information on those fires

This morning the NSW RFS site gave more detailed info on each fire (you had to hunt a bit for it) including what had been done, who might be threatened, wind direction, fire speed etc. – genuinely useful information if you’re possibly in the path. That’s now been removed, I suspect due to their server falling over from excess database requests. Hence the information available is much less useful.

DrKoresh 12:49 pm 08 Jan 13

Alderney said :

Is it time to ban smoking on days such as these?

Cigarettes are, after all, a naked flame capable of starting a bushfire when not disposed of properly. Especially from a moving vehicle.

Discuss…

For off, it is not a naked flame, if it is you’re doing it wrong. Secondly, good luck with that.

Mothy 10:20 am 08 Jan 13

Also find it interesting that when looking at the ACT Rural Fire Service page, the Bushfire Updates link takes you back to the ESA’s incident map, where clicking through to one of the news alerts for the three noted fires in Namadgi (Sentry Box Mountain, Mt Ginini, and Rendezvous Creek) doesn’t give current information on those fires i.e. currently updates 9, 9 and 5, all from around 6am this morning, the link goes back to the original notice for each fire i.e. 9pm Saturday, 2:49am Sunday, and 6:43pm Sunday.

Yes, I have e-mailed ESA, so am not just having a whinge online.

Mothy 9:51 am 08 Jan 13

PantsMan said :

And we’re off:

Major Fire Updates

Emergency Warning – Yarrabin Fire (Cooma-Monaro LGA) 08/01/13 09:28
Posted: 08/01/2013

An Emergency Warning has been issued for an out of control bush fire burning in the Numeralla area.

Current Information

The bush fire is burning in the Mount Forest Road Carlaminda area and is expected to impact on number of rural properties anytime before 9.30am this morning.

Advice

People in the area of Mount Forest Road Carlaminda should seek shelter as the fire impacts. Protect yourself from the radiant heat.

Leave only if the path is clear. If safe to do so, residents can relocate to the north along Mount Forest Road

http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=684

The wording of that advice has already changed to say it is too late to leave (updated 9:37):

It is now too late to leave. People in the area of Mount Forest Road Carlaminda should shelter in place as the fire impacts.

Was interested in why WIN News Twitter said

“WIN News Canberra ?@WINNews_ACT

EMERGENCY WARNING: Fire is expected to impact properties on Mount Forest Rd Carlaminda within minutes. People should leave/seek shelter.”

Yet in the same minute ABC news said:

“abcnewsACT ?@abcnewsACT

Emergency warning for out of control bush fire at Numeralla near Cooma. People near Mount Forest Road at Carlaminda should seek shelter. ”

Follow the emergency services directly folks, and check all information is current.

Stay safe.

PantsMan 9:40 am 08 Jan 13

And we’re off:

Major Fire Updates

Emergency Warning – Yarrabin Fire (Cooma-Monaro LGA) 08/01/13 09:28
Posted: 08/01/2013

An Emergency Warning has been issued for an out of control bush fire burning in the Numeralla area.

Current Information

The bush fire is burning in the Mount Forest Road Carlaminda area and is expected to impact on number of rural properties anytime before 9.30am this morning.

Advice

People in the area of Mount Forest Road Carlaminda should seek shelter as the fire impacts. Protect yourself from the radiant heat.

Leave only if the path is clear. If safe to do so, residents can relocate to the north along Mount Forest Road

http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cfm?cat_id=684

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