All NSW National Parks closed

Submitted: Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 17:30
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I just saw this on the TV nine news. Campers, walkers and all are requested to leave asap.

I don't think that I would like to be in there anyway.

Phil
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 17:56

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 17:56
Hi Phil,

Just heard it also on the news.

Can't say I have ever heard of a blanket closure of National Parks in NSW before. They must be expecting some very serious weather to be launching a blanket closure of all parks in NSW.

Either that or they are trying to minimise the idiot factor.

Although I was in the bush this afternoon here in the Port Macquarie region and you could smell the vapours in the air and I thought "It won't take much to set it off".

My bushfire plan?? Hook the van on and get out PDQ at the first hint of trouble.

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Reply By: Member - Justin O (QLD) - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:16

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:16
Even rainforest parks like Border Ranges and Dorrigo?
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Reply By: wombat100 - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:19

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:19
Are ya sure its all NPs....or just the South Coast ???

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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:24

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:24
From the National Parks website

ALL PARKS CLOSED
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:28

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:28
That is not surprising given the widespread forecast weather for the State.
Where I live, the Shoalhaven, the fire rating tomorrow is catastrophic and we are expecting temperatures of 43 degrees. Until now we have been very lucky, and largely spared the record temperatures being experienced in many parts of Australia.

Our little village whilst on the shores of a lake, is surrounded otherwise by some kms of wooded crown land and theres one road out...
Am I worried...YES! The plan is to leave early...the house and my 3 week old caravan as yet unused, are insured and can be replaced as heartbreaking as it would be to lose them.

Take care everybody.

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Follow Up By: racinrob - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:48

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 18:48
I live in a small village surrounded by a NP with only one road in and out and you guessed it 24 kms through the NP. I've done what I can to protect my property, i will stay home tomorrow and hope some idiot doesn't do the unthinkable and deliberately light a fire.


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Follow Up By: woodie3 - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 20:29

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 20:29
Have a grand-daughter and friends just booked in to Coolendell camping area , Shoalhaven today ,can't say I am happy
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Follow Up By: Moira S (NSW) - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 20:54

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 20:54
I guess that it is the concern that once it starts - with the fuel on the ground and the expected wind - any fire would be off literally like wildfire. Best keep safe. I so hope the idiots practice their pyro attention seeking behaviour in other ways tomorrow ( or any day really)
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Follow Up By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 21:02

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 21:02
Yep, racinrob I was thinking about arsonists too...
I have put a few things together to take if the need arises.

No Woodie, Coolendel is not the easiest place to get out from in a hurry, and i dont think I would be happy either. There is always the river to go to depending on the water levels. Maybe the management will make a decision about whether or not it is safe to have campers there for the next 24 hrs.
I havent been there in years but used to accompany 150 plus Year 7 students on a schoolcamp there annually for quite a few years and it was such a lovely place.

We have just had 1 phonecall to our land line and two text messages to warn us of the expected conditions.

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Follow Up By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 11:13

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 11:13
Good luck Heather, stay safe. We have family in the Shoalhaven too, so we have our fingers crossed.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 12:35

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 12:35
Hope everyone stays safe.

Looks as though the Shoalhaven area is going to take the brunt of it,

Woodie, did the kids leave?
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Follow Up By: woodie3 - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 14:40

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 14:40
My daughter spoke with her this morning, she was still there then, The office lady I spoke to yesterday assured me everything was in place to get out quickly ???, and SES were monitoring the situation, but as everyone knows the fires do not run to a schedule, other than very fast, just hope the owners see sense and order everyone out.
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Follow Up By: woodie3 - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 17:49

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 17:49
Thankfully the police went in and moved them all out, they are now in villa in Nowra, luxuriating in air conditioned comfort
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 22:36

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 22:36
Just got back from that area. It took us all day to get from Batemans Bay to Sydney due to holiday traffic. Hope everybody gets the warnings. There is so many people down there at the moment. Scary time.
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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 23:16

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 23:16
I'm staying home too - bush and long grass on 2 sides of my place. Just checked my fire pump & set it up this afternoon.

btw a Section 44 (state of emergency) has been declared already - from 8am.

Lucky the kid lighting fires around here was caught a few weeks ago. Hopefully no others.
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Reply By: Member - Terra'Mer - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 23:27

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 23:27
I just had a squiz at the RFS website current fires map and counted over 90 current fires including the northern rainforest regions.

Some of these incidents are already in NPs

From my understanding of how the NPWS manage fires they prefer to give it a large containment line and it's all hands on deck. It is understandable that they have closed up. Imagine the logistics of evacuating camping grounds, holiday resorts, hikers, trekkers, all kinds of recreationalists, commercial businesses, protection of revenue generating properties, government infrastructure, historic and aboriginal protected sites, etc, etc. A nightmare for already severely under resourced parks. Any spare trained fire fighters from unaffected parks I'm sure, like the volunteer fire fighters, will be sent to help out other parks.

I have put a heap of links for help, information and support with phone numbers and websites on my facebook page if anyone needs it or knows someone who could do with that information. Please feel free to add more links you feel are appropriate.

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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 19:30

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 19:30
Supposedly State forests are also closed.
Something like a $2200 fine if caught in one.
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