Erica Fires Update

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:11
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Well things seem to be hotting up a bit here in Tyers, we can see the glow of the fire-front to the north west & have been told that it is inevitable that it will get to us. It is currently about 1 km north of Yallourn North, which I believe has been evacuated. They say it has burnt over 5000 hectares & has a perimeter of over 50 kilometres.
I have switched the 240v dam pump over to the fire fighting pump, put big hoses & knapsack sprays around the house, ladder up to hose down roof/gutters, more importantly I have hooked the camper trailer up to the vehicle in case we have to beat a hasty retreat. Quite a few in our street have evacuated, others like myself have decided to stay & see what happens. 4 fire trucks drove past the house about 1/2 an hour ago, that made the heart skip a beat as ours is a dead end street, but it was false alarm. The drama may unfold when the westerly change comes as we are to the east of the front.
Looks like being a long night ..............................
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:14

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:14
Just reading the DSE report Shaker... Certainly does look hot down there... All the best for tonight, hope all turns out OK...

Blue
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:28

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:28
more info here: http://cfaonline.cfa.vic.gov.au/mycfa/Show?pageId=publicIncidentUpdates#1380584121405
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Reply By: Michael B - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:21

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:21
Take it easy Shaker,

Best wishes.........

Michael B (SA)
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:44

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:44
Shaker, I hope the plans work well for you. I know we were just extremely lucky at the time of the Ash Wednesday fires in '83. Don't try to outrun it if it has outskirted and crossed the road ahead of you, best be in the clearest area always. The trees round are a hazard. Best of luck......
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:50

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:50
Yes hot and dangerous work too shaker in hot weather, fatigue and heat stroke a big problem, was out for 16 hrs overnight over here in SA fighting 1 of many fires over here.
Hope all goes well for you.

Pesty
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:52

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:52
good luck Paul, very gusty change went through here some time ago, wind only for 30 min and then very calm but unfortunately no rain with it to help you out. What a stinker of a day, so much heat and smoke billowing overhead from the Anakie fire. Good luck

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Reply By: gramps - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:53

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 22:53
Don't take any more risks than you absolutely have to Shaker. All the best
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Reply By: res.q.guy - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:05

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:05
Hi Shaker
Hope all works out ok !!
Will be thinking of you tonight.
I'm in the CFA, have been listening to the scanner all day.
More trucks (a Strke Team) left Dandenong awhile ago.
Regards
Neil
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:09

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:09
Id be doing my own backburning about now actually... Good time for it. also if the area is properly cleared around the place, should be sweet.

If your properly prepared, there should be no issues. thats what catches most out... like the Como fires we went to.. (we were the 3rd-4th truck in there and saw it first hand) People tossed crap over their fences down the valley for 20+ years.. couldnt understand why when it jumped the river, it burnt up the hill in minutes taking houses over looking the valley, and across the road from them with it in one flash...

As said, if your even thinking your not prepared, jump in the car, and go elsewhere now. Dead heroes tell no stories.
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:09

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:09
Hope all goes well, we'll be watching the news and this site for news of how things have gone.

Sandy and Steve
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:17

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 23:17
Shaker,

You guys stay safe.

Hope all goes well.
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Reply By: madcow - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 08:31

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 08:31
Hope you guys do ok down there. We saw 2 skycranes and 1 bomber fly past on saturday heading south probably down to your way.

Best wishes
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