I'm not sure, I heard some helicopters earlier tonight but they could have been news ones rather than water ones. Hopefully it pours rain all night, though someone on my FB who is in the RFS said the rain is actually making things worse and didn't elaborate, but I imagine it might be something to do with not being able to back burn properly...
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22-10-2013 20:21 #31
22-10-2013 20:22 #32
I don't think they do?
Tomorrow is supposed to be terrible conditions.
22-10-2013 20:30 #33
I don't think they do water drops at night.
Personally we aren't in any danger here but we have friends who have evacuated, my Dad and sister are prepared if they need to. I know a girl who lost her house and another who's cousin did. It is awful.
My Uncle is also in the RFS so I worry about him fighting the fires.
They are saying that the embers can cause spot fires a fair distance from the front.
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22-10-2013 20:33 #34
Yeh I dont think they dont water bombing at night. And yeh the rain was slowing down the back burning they were doing today.
JR03 I hope your MIL stays at your place. Its just not worth the risk.
On Thursday they were warning about ember attacks 2km ahead of the main fire. I think it comes down to the strength of the wind though.
22-10-2013 20:39 #35
Going to pop my fire education hat on for a sec and remind those residing in at risk areas to leave early unless you're prepared to the absolute highest level! Don't travel into affected areas or even risky areas on bad days, you can't assume all roads will be closed because if there's a flare up or things suddenly change for the worse, you could get caught in your car which is absolutely deadly. Firefighters (often volunteers) will do all they can but simply can't be everywhere at once, nor can they always predict a fire's path, it's often very unpredictable even at the best of times. The safest option is simply to not be there.
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23-10-2013 08:08 #36Senior Member
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So it is going to be far cooler than predicted. Hopefully that helps.
23-10-2013 08:33 #37
I'm near the Bilpin/Bells Line of Rd one. They're predicting it will hit in other areas of our community but not where I am. A lot of us have taken the day of today and are prepping due to embers etc. I've just been to bunnings to stock up on hoses etc and they're pretty much sold out of the longer ones. If anyone around here needs stuff, rouse hill bunnings have told me that they have a lot of stock in terms of hoses etc.
The wind is picking up here too, as predicted.
23-10-2013 09:05 #38
Already 27 degrees at 10am, I definitely think it will hit the predicted 34 degrees. Winds quite strong at the moment too. Hope everyone has taken all the news reports seriously and got out. I have heard a lot of people saying all the reports are over dramatic but even if they were its better to be safe!
23-10-2013 09:11 #39Senior Member
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If things go ok today people will complain that the warnings were too strong but if things go pear shaped they'll complain there weren't enough warnings! Weather, bush, it's unpredictable even for the experts. I'd much rather the hassle of evacuation that turns out to be unnecessary than get stuck in the inferno. But then I'm not a bush person the trees around us even make me nervous of fire today.
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