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Bushfire thread - all states - summer 2019/2020

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#1 purpleduck

Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:24 PM

I know the word unprecedented has been used a lot and we have already had so many fires and so much loss so far in 2019 and we have only just arrived in December :(

I thought it might be good to have a thread to go to where we can check in on each other and keep up to date. While different states have different situations, there is more traffic and it’s easier to find in this subforum.

One quick request:
If providing updates or having queries, can you please put the state at the top of your post so people can skim to find theirs?

Also, please be very very careful with posting any charity/support links. I know there are some dodgy ones out there, so appropriate and verified ones only please.

It would be great if the politics of bushfires can also be left out of this thread, I think we need it to be a support thread with a more pragmatic and empathetic bent.

Thank you!

NSW - NSW RFS link - https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
QLD - https://www.ruralfir...es/default.aspx
SA - https://www.cfs.sa.g...d_incidents.jsp
TAS - http://www.fire.tas....ires&filter=ALL
VIC - https://www.emergenc...gov.au/respond/
WA - https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

Can others provide their state’s equivalent then I can add them above? Thanks :)

Edited by purpleduck, 05 December 2019 - 03:38 PM.

#2 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:33 PM



#3 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:36 PM

WA https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

#4 Mum of a miracle

Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:05 PM

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So Smokey lake Macquarie NSW there are at least 4 fires surrounding us.

The 1st and 3rd photo is the same place the 3rd photo was yesterday and 1st one is today it came over so much last night we are safe at the moment just can't go outside the smoke really intoxicates you.

Hope everyone is staying safe.

Edited by Mum of a miracle, 04 December 2019 - 06:06 PM.

#5 IamzFeralz

Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:16 PM

Yes, the smoke is awful, really quite thick.  And the red sun very eerie.  
I think a lot of people are struggling with it.   It will definitely be a hard summer for sure.

#6 Coffeegirl

Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:21 PM

We’re in south Sydney. No where near the fires, but the air quality has been horrendous off and on for the past 4 weeks. Yesterday was really bad  

I’ve lived here for 28 years and can’t remember it ever being this bad, for so long.

Even the ‘94 fires didn’t affect us this badly and we could see those fires from our home :(

#7 ytt

Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:39 PM

We have been under alert for the past few days for ember attack.
We've been showered with ash and burnt leaves.
It's been scary - until the day I saw at least 80 fire trucks and cars of all descriptions drive past our place (stood down for the night). I felt so much relief knowing there was a strong army of people out there protecting us from embers.
Last night I was outside with DH and the dog playing and happily waved and gave the thumbs up sign to all trucks and cars passing by :) ... must get out there again soon to do it all again :)

#8 IkeaAddict

Posted 04 December 2019 - 06:48 PM

Newcastle NSW here and smoke has been super bad the last two days. Worse than the catastrophic days. It's been windy and there are a few fires around us

#9 *Spikey*

Posted 04 December 2019 - 07:04 PM

I have gotten used to the sight of the water bombing helicopters flying over us on the way to the fire front (not exactly far away).

The big plane has also been in action - it is frikin loud.

#10 PrincessPeach

Posted 04 December 2019 - 07:06 PM

Qld - https://www.ruralfir...es/default.aspx

#11 purpleduck

Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:06 PM

We have actually been quite lucky here (northern Sydney). While the forecast said smoky days, it’s only been this afternoon that we have had bad smoke.

#12 **Xena**

Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:22 PM

Tas- http://www.fire.tas....ires&filter=ALL

#13 Murderino

Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:26 PM

No big fires where I am in Vic but my emergency notification has had so many grass and house fires in my area the last few weeks.

We had a shocking day of hot north winds about a fortnight ago and there was a fire about 25km north of my kids rural school, that worried me as the winds were very strong but despite a local “too late to leave notice” the volunteer brigade got it under control reasonably quickly.

Then I found out that 5km west of my house was a large grass fire the same day, thankfully under control quite quickly.

#14 purpleduck

Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:38 PM

So for those who have had burns near their homes, and with the total bloody lack of rain, does that mean that those areas are now safe as there is just nothing left to burn? Or does it come down to ember risk etc?

#15 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 05 December 2019 - 10:31 AM

 purpleduck, on 04 December 2019 - 08:38 PM, said:

So for those who have had burns near their homes, and with the total bloody lack of rain, does that mean that those areas are now safe as there is just nothing left to burn? Or does it come down to ember risk etc?

It probably depends on the type of bush that is near their house. We had a huge one near our place on the weekend. There is pretty much nothing left to burn there. But supposedly the wet season rains should arrive soon and everything grows like mad pretty quickly. But where I live fires aren't even fought. If houses are in danger they get the earth moving equipment out and cut huge fire breaks where they think it is heading. But as the bush is basically grass and scrub it burns insanely fast and moves faster then it could be fought. (Kimberley region of WA). It's nothing like I remember of the huge bush fires from NSW with the forests.

#16 purpleduck

Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:26 PM


Hopefully the link above will continue to work.

Thinking of everyone with the sh*tty wind and heat.

Please take care.

#17 hills mum bec

Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:37 PM

Here is the link for SA - https://www.cfs.sa.g...d_incidents.jsp

Thinking of everybody that are battling fires in NSW & Qld at the moment.  I live in a high risk area in SA and I know how scary it is.

#18 Thylacine

Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:48 PM

It's terrifying. I'm sick with worry about the whole situation. My parents live on the NSW south coast and have been evacuated since Sunday. They were hoping to be home by now but the threat is higher than ever. Don't know if they'll have a house to come home to, but we do know that all the beautiful national parks and forests surrounding them have been destroyed. Not to mention all of the other fires burning around the country. What will happen to our native animals?

#19 purpleduck

Posted 05 December 2019 - 04:21 PM

My biggest fear is that this is the new norm :(

#20 ytt

Posted 06 December 2019 - 03:53 PM

The fires are so bad here :( burning uncontrolled for days.
This morning I dropped of soft drinks, energy drinks, juice poppers, lollies, chocolates and bars this morning to our local fire station.
It's sickening seeing all the photos from the fire ground. My friend said she was scared (RFS) she is an ex police officer!

Stay safe everyone

#21 kim27

Posted 06 December 2019 - 04:33 PM

View Postpurpleduck, on 05 December 2019 - 04:21 PM, said:

My biggest fear is that this is the new norm :(

I tried to talk to my mum today about how scary and depressing the drought, fires and smoke situation but she tried to give me the ‘there’s been fires and droughts before’ line. Part of me thinks she might feel the same way but just doesn’t want to admit it.

Does anyone know how most of these fires get started? The only ‘natural’ way of fires starting that I know of is lightning so I’m guessing most of the fires around are started by arson or by accident (sparks from equipment, cigarette butts etc.)

#22 ytt

Posted 06 December 2019 - 04:58 PM

Green Wattle creek fire was started by lightning. A home has just been lost :(  more at risk

#23 *Spikey*

Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:02 PM

The two down south were started by lightning strikes. Tallaganda and the one near Batemans Bay.

The one on the Monaro Highway was arson.

#24 purpleduck

Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:20 PM

I have family up north who are preparing to leave tomorrow morning :( they are pretty matter of fact about it but I am still worried.

#25 Lucrezia Bauble

Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:38 PM

i’m thinking of everyone. it must be really horrific...i’m in inner west sydney and ash is falling from the sky..my outdoor furniture is covered in it. we are no where near a bush fire, so i can only imagine what people are going through. stay safe everyone.

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