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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:37 pm Reply with quote
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There is a hot day coming for us according to the weather people.

You can sort of see it building on the weather maps.

We are being told it could be a record breaker in the high 40's.

In Melbourne back to 25 the next day which will be good.

Up on the border they are likely to get 3 very hot days of 40 +

Friday is the day.

Will let you know how it pans out.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:20 pm Reply with quote
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Bushfires in Australia continue and it is now Victoria's turn.

Large fires are out of control in East Gippsland and thousands of holiday makers have been told to get out.

In total over 19 thousand square miles of bush have been burnt out since September.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/24/australian-bushfires-the-story-so-far-in-each-state

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:48 pm Reply with quote
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The Victorian fires have taken a turn for the worse due to strong winds that came with the cool change.

Around 4000 people have taken shelter on the beach at Mallacoota, a popular holiday place as fire fighters prepare to protect the town. At 9 am it was pitch dark due to smoke.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7838245/Mallacoota-bushfire-trapped-beach-Victoria.html

The fires have been caused by lightning strikes.

Bugger of a way to celebrate the new year.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:24 pm Reply with quote
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Are you doing anything to help out those poor Koalas??

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:57 am Reply with quote
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Not a lot I can do apart from the odd donation.
They don't let just anyone look after them.
You have to have a permit.
There are lots of people who do such things.
Not sure owning a dog would stand me in good stead either.

Have had the odd critter in the past.
One of my girls was into it.
Had some possums and a few lizards over the years.
Think they stopped when their kids came along.

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The fire situation continues to get worse.

Both NSW and Victoria have declared states of emergency giving authorities sweeping powers.

Some of these fires are moving 20 to 30 km overnight.

The biggest fear now is that the various fires will join together forming a massive front that would be un stoppable and keep burning till it gets to the coast.

The army is setting up relief centres for the people fleeing the effected areas.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/03/victoria-fires-state-of-disaster-declared-as-evacuation-ordered-and-second-man-found-dead

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/02/nsw-state-of-emergency-what-does-it-mean-for-the-bushfires-crisis

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:32 pm Reply with quote
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What must this be doing to the environment?

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The view out the back window at 10.30 am this morning.

and the fires are hundreds of KM away.

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Smoke from the bush fires is effecting New Zealand.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50969488

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:07 pm Reply with quote
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Got up this morning and the air is again full of smoke.
We have had a cool change and there is a bit of rain about but we are now copping the smoke from the Tasmanian fires and the cloud cover is keeping it near the ground. We are also getting back what went past a couple of days ago.

The rain is welcome but not enough to do much to the fires.
Just slow them down a bit till the next hot spell.

No doubt the smoke we are seeing is nothing like what the people on the fire grounds are copping but some people with helth issues will be finding it hard.

Here is the latest info from the NSW fire services.
Tis hard to grasp the scale of what is on fire.

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information

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Don't think the map will work outside Aus.

Here is a screen shot I just took.

Keeping an eye on Canberra because my Daughter and her family live there.

The shaded areas have been burnt out and the blue squares are active fires.

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This is interesting.

It appears to be saying one of the reasons for the recent fires in California is the non native trees brought in from OS.

Basically Eucalyptus trees from Australia ?

Even the fumes they give off on a hot day are flammable.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/eucalyptus/eucalyptus-fire-hazards.htm

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Those tree are a fire waiting to happen!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:18 pm Reply with quote
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We lived in S Cal in the early 90's off the 91 freeway near Riverside/Corona. There was a fire burning near San Diego and for just a short time, the winds were bringing the smoke our way. You could hardly stand to go outside. I can't imagine what it's like in down there right now.

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Yes, it can be a bit scary when you are enveloped by an atmosphere that you can smell and you really don't like to breath and your eyes sting and the sunlight turns yellow. People in New Zealand have experienced that as a result of fires in NSW, way way across the sea. We in Victoria have experienced it as a result of fires in Tasmania, also across the sea. You don't need to be really close. It is a wake-up call for the world if anyone is willing to take notice. Maybe we should all move to Washington DC, where the air is always pure.

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