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

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#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


#8 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

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.

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

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

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.

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