Jump to content

fire situation in NSW
is it as bad as anticipated??


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

Hi everyone. I am trying to get some news on the fire situation in NSW. My internet is playing up and I cannot get onto the ABC website. I have looked at the SMH website and am heartened to see that the front page is not half taken up with bushfire coverage as is usually the case when it is bad, but am still worried about friends and family in Sydney and Illawarra.

It is very frustrating being on the other side of the world and not  having fingertip access to the news in situations like this.

Edited by with the goo goose, 08 January 2013 - 01:02 PM.


#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:03 PM

Can you access this one? http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/

#3 Wigglemama

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

There are a couple fires as far as I know. One really dreadful one near Cooma, which has jumped a river and is threatening a nearby town and one , which is a bit more under control nearby Bega.

I have to laugh at the "Sydney hits 40 degrees" headline on the SMH website. Certainly not the first time that its happened. I guess with the way Sydney's summers have been, it is astounding to even get over 35 degrees.



#4 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

The headline just makes me eyeroll.

Adelaide hit 45 on Friday but of course the heatwave across Australia isn't real until Sydney registers it. #cynicalAustralianiscynical

#5 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

No, though it appears to have connected to the site and is trying to load the page but so far it is just blank.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

Apparently Twitter is a good source?

#7 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

News.com.au?
http://www.news.com.au/national/bushfire-d...9-1226548178110


#8 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

QUOTE
I have to laugh at the "Sydney hits 40 degrees" headline on the SMH website. Certainly not the first time that its happened. I guess with the way Sydney's summers have been, it is astounding to even get over 35 degrees.


Yeah, Sydney has had some very wishy washy summers over the past few years! Though I didn't think that people were so concerned about the heat this time but because of a combination of conditions contributing to the fire danger. Has the fire risk been sensationalised then? Serious question, we are in a bit of a news void here.

howdo - To be honest, I can't even imagine 45 degree. I thought that only happened in places like Abu Dhabi!



#9 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

Yes I understand that.

Most of SA was Catastrophic on Friday.

QUOTE
Has the fire risk been sensationalised then? Serious question, we are in a bit of a news void here.


Absolutely not sensationalised, it's very real.

#10 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 08/01/2013, 02:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently Twitter is a good source?


Yep, I've been using twitter. 'NSW' was trending in Australia this morning - that means a whole lot of people were using 'NSW' in their tweets, most were about the fires.

#11 ~flaxen~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE
I don't think it's that cut and dried.

We are experiencing extreme temps, low humidity and very strong winds. A catastrophic mix as they say.


This. Add to that the fuel load from all that rainfall we had.

#12 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

Thanks for the info everyone. The map on news.com.au is helpful and I will keep my eye on it.

Now I am going to step out into the balmy -3degrees to go pick up Owen from school. Last week was -19, so  I do mean balmy.

Keep safe everyone


#13 MotherClucker

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

I don't think the concern is mainly the heat or temperature, its the horrific wind storm we are having at the same time. I have been in Australia for 13 years now and this is my 2nd 40+ day

#14 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

I agree that the conditions in NSW are significant. They were the same in SA. Friday was terrifying. Thankfully our winds have gone southern.

Today is the same for NSW. Tasmania's still alight too.

OP, I don't think that map on news.com.au is dynamic.

Edited by howdo, 08 January 2013 - 01:28 PM.


#15 Riotproof

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

Goo, you could try liking the nsw fire and Rescue page on fb/twitter that sort of thing.

Hope your family are okay.

#16 Expelliarmus

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

Why would they not burn off?!?!?

Our foothills suburb got the fire alarm reinstalled on the CFS station after Black Saturday. They've been doing controlled burn offs religiously because we've not had significant bushfires in well over a decade. The fuel load is huge, especially in the wake of the rainfall it HAS to be managed.

#17 *LucyE*

Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

QUOTE
Why would they not burn off?!?!?

Our foothills suburb got the fire alarm reinstalled on the CFS station after Black Saturday. They've been doing controlled burn offs religiously because we've not had significant bushfires in well over a decade. The fuel load is huge, especially in the wake of the rainfall it HAS to be managed.

I live ontop of a mountain surrounded by bush land. Our local council doesn't believe in controlled burn offs. It is highly frustrating. I know an expert in this field who has tried to no avail, trying to talk to our council about this. He gets hired in other councils and interstate to consult on back burning but ignored here at home.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a copy of 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

 

FREE TICKET

Discover the magic of the LEGOŽ DUPLOŽ Play Area in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.