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Tumut is loose

By johnboy - 14 December 2006 23

Now I want you all to stay calm, but…

The ABC reports that the fire near Tumut has escaped its containment lines.

Tumut is in NSW so it’s someone else’s problem. But it’s also just 40km away, so if the wind blows from the West it could be here in an hour or so.

On the bright side we conducted the world’s biggest backburn in 2003 so at least there’s not too much major forest on the Western approaches.

Forecast for today? 34 and winds from the North West.

Ouch.

There’s a cold front tommorrow morning to look forward to.

*Note: Phil Koperberg is saying it would require “most unusual” circumstances to bring the fire to the ACT.

UPDATED: The CT is saying there’s no threat to Canberra but only to the properties between Canberra and Tumut.

Go figure.

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23 Responses to
Tumut is loose
yakz 5:23 pm 14 Dec 06

uncontained means that the fire is still able to move outside its current boundaries, containment lines (firebreaks, roads or backburns) may be in for a percentage of the perimeter but not 100%. Given the nature of the country and the pine forest its burning in surrounding it in a firebreak is very difficult. Even firebreaks are breached by spotting in a strong wind something which pine trees are really good at.

KaneO 4:00 pm 14 Dec 06

What wonderful misreporting. I’ve been keeping a close eye on status of that fire and it never was classified as ‘contained’ by the RFS.
How can an uncontained fire escape its containment lines?

S4anta 12:37 pm 14 Dec 06

Perhaps a RiotACT symbolic protest is in order at the LA? A group of people standing around with their heads in buckets of sand. It symbolises our support for our great goivernment…

Thumper 11:00 am 14 Dec 06

That was then, this is now JB….

terubo 10:48 am 14 Dec 06

…and drop a cigarette butt. I blame the tobacco companies for all this.

johnboy 10:47 am 14 Dec 06

“Seriously, if there was a threat Our Brave Leader â„¢ would have mobilised the RFA, SES, St Johns Ambos, Urban Firies, US National Guard, Batemans bay Auxillary Coast Guard, and the CWA.

As he has not, I very much doubt there is any danger.”

You mean like last time? We’ll know we’re in the brown stuff when he turns his mobile phone off.

Thumper 10:45 am 14 Dec 06

Its hard to predict a fire, you never know when it may just steal a vehicle and drive to another destination.

terubo 10:40 am 14 Dec 06

Oh, hang on, JB said it…

terubo 10:38 am 14 Dec 06

The Chief Miniscule has been too busy doing radio i/v’s on schools, for some reason.
I heard this fire could be here in one hour, given the right (wrong) wind conditions.

Thumper 10:32 am 14 Dec 06

Seriously, if there was a threat Our Brave Leader (TM) would have mobilised the RFA, SES, St Johns Ambos, Urban Firies, US National Guard, Batemans bay Auxillary Coast Guard, and the CWA.

As he has not, I very much doubt there is any danger.

Thumper 10:13 am 14 Dec 06

That, I hope does not happen as I would like a weekend in Canberra, not getting toasted in the tiger country…

Sammy 10:04 am 14 Dec 06

What we should be worried about is the fire moving into the Cotter catchment area. That could be a disaster.

VYBerlinaV8 9:23 am 14 Dec 06

I’d be very surprised if it’s as bad a the big one in 2003. Actually, a regular burn through there would probably do the forest the world of good – keep undergrowth and dry sticks under control.

Thumper 7:54 am 14 Dec 06

‘On the bright side we conducted the world’s biggest backburn in 2003 so at least there’s not too much major forest on the Western approaches.’

‘Fraid to say JB that there is heaps out there to burn.

With the regeneration of eucs you tend to get a very high density of plants over a small area, thus lots of 3-4 metre saplings that are at present dry as tinder.

I was out at a fire a few months ago down near Mount Clear. It was hoffing along nicely thank you. Thankfully it wasn’t hot.

But then again, we no longer have a pine forest the size of the Upper Volta nestled aginst the suburbs.

Danman 7:34 am 14 Dec 06

Thanks JB – Ill be keepin an eye on that one – maybe I can get an early mark to remove my tin of goodies from my house to my car and get on the roof and do manly things to protect my house and samoyed poodle cross 🙂

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