Bushfire Victims

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 22:47
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Breaking News.....

14 dead in VIC bushfires, another 25 missing.....according to 10 breaking news ticker.

Thoughts with all those people and families.

Take care.
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Reply By: flashcher - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:12

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:12
I thought my husband had heard the news break wrong and kept asking him was he sure it wasn't houses they were talking about.

This is just so unbelievable.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:20

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:20
Our prayers go out to all the people in Victoria. Having its hottest day on record is one thing, but the tragic loss of human life is so sad. On Sky News now they are saying that up to 40 people may have perished. The very high temperatures and very strong winds made it worse than Ash Wednesday in 1983.
Let us hope that the missing people are found safe and well.

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Reply By: D200Dug- Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:31

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:31
Just hoping you are all ok in this weather.

Latest is possibly 40 dead in the Victorian fires.


Just watching the news and seeing people out trying to fight the fire in shorts T Shirts and thongs.

If the worst does come to the worst and there is a fire near you PLEASE wear full length clothing, boots or at least enclosed shoes with thick socks, gloves, a hat and safety glasses. No synthetic materials and minimize bare skin.

Any clothing covered skin gives better protection from radiated heat and flying embers.


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A man is in a critical condition after being burnt over half of his body when he attempted to move a friend's stock away from the fire in the Coleraine area, in Victoria's east, while he was wearing only shorts and thongs.[/quote]

If you are up north please keep the kids out of the flood waters and don't take chances on flooded roads.

Stay safe

Doug
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:47

Saturday, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:47
Apparently they said just now that pubs round eaglehawk (Bendigo) area went up....

Hope Diamond Jim and Tab are ok, amongst 10000's of others.

What a bleep day.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 00:24

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 00:24
Just listening to the tele they were talking live to someone in Bendigo, 60-100 homes lost in Eaglehawk...
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:03

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:03
Bit of an update from Big Al G..

Jim was evacuated early in proceedings, but there was a very high chance his house is gone. I didnt realise but the park backs onto his back fence.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:25

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:25
Managed to track down ..

On phone to Jim at the moment, they are fine, house Ok..

But there is a loss of life around his area.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 15:35

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 15:35
Truckster, have only just heard about the fires in Kinglake - Jeff and Lisa Portman live there - any word please?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 16:24

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 16:24
no idea.. but could be days before people come to light...

there is a CFA hotline, but good luck gettin thru
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Reply By: Bekali - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 00:17

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 00:17
Hi all, prayers are with all in the bushfire areas....

Several people I know have lost houses in kinglake, my mum is in Whittlesea at the base of Kinglake. Been working hard all day keeping properties safe. Very Very scary stuff.

The man in Coleraine is a friends cousin, apparently word is his instinc was to go and help his friend and stock obviously not thinking to take time to protect himself.

The worst thing is if people have actually started these fires.
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 03:38

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 03:38
Hi all,

The Bendigo fire got within 60 metres of my granddaughter's house. She had a baby on 30 Jan and just got home from hospital.

They were evacuated by authorities and are now at the in laws.

Their friends 200 metres down the road lost their house, only the chimney standing.

What a terrible state of affairs!

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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 03:43

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 03:43
I'm working in the co-ordination centre tallying the reports for the searches tomorrow. The toll will be staggering. It is truly heartbreaking.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 15:36

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 15:36
Mick, I just put a post up for Truckster - about Jeff and Lisa Portman of Kinglake. Any news?
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:06

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:06
Heard on a tv news earlier that all of kinglake has gone,
I dont know if this has been confirmed.

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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:37

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:37
On news now Ruth 650 houses about 4 or 5 towns wiped out over 50 people deceased, massive devistation

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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 03:53

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 03:53
What a tragedy, to think that somebody started these fires that are raging over there is just unbelievable.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all people involved.

Watching the news is heart wrenching, to see all those people running around trying to save what they can, I hope they just take care of themselves first, houses can be rebuilt but when lives are lost they are lost forever.

I can't believe what is going on over there, from floods to fire to heatwave, what a disaster. Hope it all comes to an end soon.

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:09

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:09
Exhausted. Still smouldering.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:11

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:11
Will be for days dude.
Glad your in 1 piece..
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:27

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:27
apperaently only the bakery left in marysville...
also the glenburn pub ....gone...
also narby , mostly everything gone...
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Follow Up By: Bricky - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:40

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:40
Heard the same. Lived in Narby for a few years and know people there that have lost everything. Still waiting to hear if a few people are ok.

Do you live in that area?

Daryl
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:43

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:43
Na, im down Dande area.

stories are going to get worse over the next week....

But whole towns GONE... :(

6 dying in 1 car in Kinglake. :(
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:46

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 10:46
After nearly loosing every thing in a bush fire I feel so sorry for these people.
But there is some thing that can be done to help these poor people straight away Kevin 747 use some of the $42 billion stimulus package to build new home for these people, just forget about the insurance company's for the moment.
Don't let them suffer any more hard ship MR PM.

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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 16:01

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 16:01
Well said .........

As long as most of it isnt wasted in admin fees ... the stimulous to the economy by a rebuilding programme in the devasted areas would be excellent ... compared to another spending spree on chinese TVs an those "Wee" things, they all bought last time.

A $250.000 house provided by govt = that amount paid back to govt by the insurance company and the balance to the policy holder ... seems straightforward ?????
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:26

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:26
He is giving $10 million via Centre Link, what's some poor bugger going to do with $1000 if they have lost every thing. And yes mate get the people (builders) in there straight away lot of unemployed down Vic way I would imagine.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 19:38

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 19:38
I agree. 1000 isnt going to last them a week.

FFS, they give money to overseas countries to 'build bridges" and "new toilets" hand over fist, cant give it away fast enough..

how about he makes his 10million 100million to start off with.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 21:04

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 21:04
The $1,000- is a cash help right now so that people who lost everything can go and buy a few clothes and toiletries etc just to help them clean up and regain a little dignity in the shortest term possible.

Its not designed to repair their lives, that help will come from many other sources as time goes on.



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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:26

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:26
33 fires across the state you can check them out on this site.CFA
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 20:19

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 20:19
I posted this info on an earlier page, but this one seems more appropriate

Sadly, I have just,at 7pm this evening, been informed that one of our local VVAA Sub Branch members, his wife and Mother in Law all perished in the fires in the Kinglake area. The whole situation is a terrible tragedy. So sad.

Roger B..................
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