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Just thinking about you, guys in Australia.
Take care with those fires.

Greetings from Europe.

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Not everyone has to deal with them Averhamme.

But for those that do, they are a terrible, . . . in fact terrifying, life changing thing.

Kind thoughts . . . thank you.
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We live on 5 acres not far from Jervis Bay NSW and so far have not had any trouble, but there is a long way to go yet, we put in a big dam about 12 years ago for firefighting, but the water level has dropped quickly over the past 6 weeks and a few days ago while testing pumps found that we were sucking mud from the bottom of the dam and the water has dropped another 12 mm since that time from evaporation and the constant winds we seem to be having now, so we are in the process of trying to buy a 5000 gallon water tank to pump the remaining water in so we will have some water for later in the fire season if we do not get any rain, but so far not having a great deal of luck with the tank before Christmas, things are getting grim and if unable to get a tank will be forced to use our drinking water if there is a fire and we are some of the lucky ones that still have some water left. 6.38pm Just received word we can get a tank in the next week, so not all the water will evaporate and be lost, makes us feel a lot better.
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Kind thoughts, thank you.

I'm actually in New Zealand at the moment-we have been rained on the entire time we've been in the south island. Been blocked by flooded rivers, and now the south half is separated by northern south island because all roads are closed so you can't even go the long way around. Compare this with back home and it feels bizarre
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Even though there are probably lots of forum people who are directly affected by the fires, I suppose they havenít had time to socialise on here. Weíre not far from Lismore and while we havenít got the fires right on our doorstep, we cop the smoke from the Mt. Nardi fire when the wind blows from the north and when the wind changes to the south we get it from the blazes down south of Evans Head Ė luckily that isnít worrying us too much. The smoke and haze is so thick at times you canít see the sun Ė just a big orange ball sometimes.

Those fire videos as frightening Ė Iíve seen lots of bushfires but Iíve never seen fires crowning in the trees like has been shown. It would be a damn good place not to be. Some friends who were in the danger zone a couple of weeks ago brought their horse here for a holiday. Luckily the threatening fire didnít reach them.

We had 68mm. of rain a week or so ago and the brown hills have a green fuzz coming through but that will soon burn off if we donít get follow-up rain. It would be a nice Christmas present Ė especially for all the poor buggers fighting the fires.

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I live in Cooma NSW and currently we are 'clear' of the fires. I keep watching, particularly to the West from us and luckily nothing as yet has come. But it is only a matter of time...

I phoned a friend at Hillville NSW 3 days after that fire started. He was LUCKY. He was told on Monday by the local fire captain that his place would go Tuesday for sure. They were on edge and at 00:11 hrs Tuesday morning, two fire tankers pulled up at their house. They had been returning to Taree and saw a fire start in their paddock as they drove past, so they stopped and waited until it got to the house. His house and sheds were saved, but he lost his stock yards and fences. At 00:30, their mobile phone went off advising them that fires were in their area and they should be prepared to evacuate. I mentioned BlazeAid to him. He had never heard of it, but looked it up and contacted them. By Friday, a team of 9 men were working and the following Monday they had finished 1.5 km of boundary fencing along the road. He still has to replace the internal fences and his stock yards, and he is out of pocket about $11000, but he was lucky. He had 20 cows booked in to the local abattoir for Tuesday, but was able to get them in on Monday, so he didn't lose much there either. He was lucky and he knows it... BlazeAid was a godsend to him.

My wife had to go to hospital in Sydney for relatively minor surgery.However, her recovery was a disaster. A 3 day stay in hospital ended up 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the fires around Sydney flared up. I was staying in a lodge attached to the hospital, but after 10 days there, had to come home because the smoke was making it impossible for me to breathe (I have a rare, severe asthma condition). One day, from the 9th floor of the hospital, I could not see people or cars moving in the car park below. The trip home was very smokey. A week later, my wife was ready to come home so I drove down to Sydney, picked her up and drove home again all in one day. Smoke everywhere on the way down, not nice but the cabin filter on the Pajero worked really well. Only in really dense smoke did I revert to recycling mode. On the way back, the traffic and smoke were horrendous. Most of the traffic seemed to peel off at Picton Road but we kept going. Somewhere (presumably near Bargo) the smoke on the West side of the road was really black. The thermometer had been sitting around 40 Deg C all day - both going down to Sydney and coming home. Whilst refuelling at Goulburn, a friend phoned us asking where we were because the Hume Highway was then closed. We had just got through. We would have had no alternative but to stop in the smoke (and it was thick). We made it home safely but exhausted. Since then more fires to the East of us here have soaked us in smoke for the last week or so as well. There is no end in sight yet.

Lots of people have lost everything. We have only been inconvenienced by the fires and we are complaining. We cannot even imagine how those who have lost it all feel....
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I live in Cooma NSW and currently we are 'clear' of the fires. I keep watching, particularly to the West from us and luckily nothing as yet has come. But it is only a matter of time...

I phoned a friend at Hillville NSW 3 days after that fire started. He was LUCKY. He was told on Monday by the local fire captain that his place would go Tuesday for sure. They were on edge and at 00:11 hrs Tuesday morning, two fire tankers pulled up at their house. They had been returning to Taree and saw a fire start in their paddock as they drove past, so they stopped and waited until it got to the house. His house and sheds were saved, but he lost his stock yards and fences. At 00:30, their mobile phone went off advising them that fires were in their area and they should be prepared to evacuate. I mentioned BlazeAid to him. He had never heard of it, but looked it up and contacted them. By Friday, a team of 9 men were working and the following Monday they had finished 1.5 km of boundary fencing along the road. He still has to replace the internal fences and his stock yards, and he is out of pocket about $11000, but he was lucky. He had 20 cows booked in to the local abattoir for Tuesday, but was able to get them in on Monday, so he didn't lose much there either. He was lucky and he knows it... BlazeAid was a godsend to him.

My wife had to go to hospital in Sydney for relatively minor surgery.However, her recovery was a disaster. A 3 day stay in hospital ended up 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the fires around Sydney flared up. I was staying in a lodge attached to the hospital, but after 10 days there, had to come home because the smoke was making it impossible for me to breathe (I have a rare, severe asthma condition). One day, from the 9th floor of the hospital, I could not see people or cars moving in the car park below. The trip home was very smokey. A week later, my wife was ready to come home so I drove down to Sydney, picked her up and drove home again all in one day. Smoke everywhere on the way down, not nice but the cabin filter on the Pajero worked really well. Only in really dense smoke did I revert to recycling mode. On the way back, the traffic and smoke were horrendous. Most of the traffic seemed to peel off at Picton Road but we kept going. Somewhere (presumably near Bargo) the smoke on the West side of the road was really black. The thermometer had been sitting around 40 Deg C all day - both going down to Sydney and coming home. Whilst refuelling at Goulburn, a friend phoned us asking where we were because the Hume Highway was then closed. We had just got through. We would have had no alternative but to stop in the smoke (and it was thick). We made it home safely but exhausted. Since then more fires to the East of us here have soaked us in smoke for the last week or so as well. There is no end in sight yet.

Lots of people have lost everything. We have only been inconvenienced by the fires and we are complaining. We cannot even imagine how those who have lost it all feel....



I,ve always said through my adult life that it doesnt matter what has happened to you...some poor bugger is twice as bad off. The sooner we get a national approach to the crisis Australia will be facing in the coming years ...the better. Until we get our water situation sorted the rest is just noise..
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My son is in the rfs up here in the Blue Mountains. Today they faced flame fronts over 20m high.
Everyone is exhausted, the residents, RFS , police, emergency services.
The fires have been going non stop over such huge areas. So many people affected. The fires continue, the recovery will take even longer. The wildlife is being devastated.
Pics from locals and RFS

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I'm from Batemans Bay which got hit pretty hard. Luckily my area was okay and we still have a house and thanks to a couple of guys at work they saved the business plus many more if ours went up!

We do know people that have lost homes and I have heard of many more through work (customers).

Power is slowly going back on.

It's very sad, even driving around and seeing the damage that has been caused, but the community spirit is very high and a lot of help has been offered, just not sure if it's the right help needed.
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