Sunday, January 29, 2006

Fire Photos

Fire clearly visible on the Asses Ears on Wednesday

The Mt Difficult fire on the Wednesday

The Asses Ears fire on Wednesday afternoon

Roos seeking shelter and water at the dam.

Sunset Thursday evening.

The famed chopoper "Elvis" working the Asses Ears on Thursday

10,000 litres into the chopper in a minute.

The MT Difficult fire using night vision on the Thursday evening

The information sheet provided to residents on Tuesday night

The Mt Difficult fire with the house in view.

NASA Satellite pic taken during the fires. Uncertain of date- suspect it was Thursday daytime.

A montage of four pics I took on the Wednesday. The big plume is south, the left edge of the fire is east
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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Fire update Thursday 2pm

Woke at 7:30 with a call from the Neil Mitchell program producer Nicole. We chatted for a bit and agreed that I would be on sometime in the morning.

Went up on th roof to have a look. Dead calm- valley full of smoke- can't see the flames like last night. Would frankly prefer to see the flames- keep your frinds close and your fires in view. Or sumsuch.

The north wind kicked in about 10 am- just as I was doing my spot on Neil's show. We chatted about the current and past situation. With the chnge coming I noted that we were back to being concerned, but not overly worried. We are prepared as ever and the house is as fireproof as possible. We've raked and hosed and picked up stuff all over. Bring it on. And on. And on.

Popped over to nearby property to watch "Elvis" the sky crane chopper getting watered up and bombing the Asses Ears fire (to the south of the farm). Two minutes to make a run, 1 minute to fill up, 10000 litres a run. 20 an hour. The farm we were on has some impressive fire breaks cut all the way round the Asses Ears. If the fire crawls across- they will hold. If it gets on and blows, the embers will take it well over the break. The break is 50 metres wide- we were getting ash from 10 k's away the other night. That's some kinda fire break needed there!

The Mt Difficult fire to our east is progressing slowly- flanking usfor sure, but only a true threat if the wind goes east.

The Asses Ears fire was somewhat exhausted at dawn- burnt out most of the area. the 30 knots of Northely wind has re invogorated it and undone much of the good work of the water bombing choppers...

So now, 2:12 pm, we wait for the change. James is having a sleep and I might catch 40 winks too.

Suspect we'll need it.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Some pics from the fire:

Big plume of smoke- looking south from the roof of the house. This is no threat to us as the wind is blowing away from us...

View of Mt Difficult today. This fire front is coming towards us- at walking pace. The wind shift will take it elsewhere.

Asses Ears last night- night vision cam pic. This is not as scary looking as it might have been!
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Fire in the Grampians

I'm in Wartook at my sister's place. There is a bush fire well on the way and we are staying to fight it- well, put out spot fires around the house.

11.30 pm ABC radio just informed us that the wind is now 30 kmh in Horsham- same here. It is
actually rather cool out in the open.When we look to the SE we can see the fire coming down the other side of the Asses Ears mtn.
It's about 5-7 km away. The wind will have slowed on the leeward side of the mtn- so I'm guessing it will get here in about 2 hours or so. I've been on the roof of the house with the video camera filming the fire with the night vision setting. When zoomed in you can see the fire front- spot fires appear ahead of the front and they are quite visible as the smoke has not had time to blanket the flames from our view. If there was no smoke this would look rather more threatening. James is off to bed to get some sleep. Rightly so- he was here at midnight last night and got just two hours sleep during the day. I'm well rested and will stay up till 3am as required. You have to go out and have a regular look at the fire, the house and have a "bit of a hose" from time to time. Krista is out doing a turn in the garden. I'm next. Thank God for the 4 litres of Coke I bought. The black Gold!
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Andy Caldecott RIP

Killed yesterday in the Dakar Rally, 41 yr old Australian Andy Caldecott.

Leaves behind a wife and child.

Thoughts are with them
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