Bushfire near my place

Bushfire near my place

PostBy: unhippy On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:56 am

My day took an interesting turn :x ...https://youtu.be/v_Vr8DwBAlI

Still have 4 choppers thundering low overhead as i write this.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: unhippy On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:10 am

getting closer.....https://youtu.be/DCOCikwtsvU
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: CoalisCoolxWarm On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:31 am

Stay safe! May God protect you and yours and those around you.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:33 am

I hope it doesn't get any closer.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: unhippy On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:54 am

Wind change FTW......we are still on 10 minute evac standby until morning however.

choppers did their thing and held the fire off from the built up area....the Pine forestry plantation is still burning but its going in the other direction to us and seems to have created its own firebreak to stop it doubling back on us.....at this stage.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: unhippy On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:57 am

CoalisCoolxWarm wrote:Stay safe! May God protect you and yours and those around you.


We got sent 3 Kawasaki's and a Messerschmidt :D ......we're good
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:42 am

Glad ya dodged the bullet on this one U. Prayers to those that didn't.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: titleist1 On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:14 am

Scary stuff....glad it missed you.... :punk:

Stock up on disposable diapers for the next fire event....

Ya wouldn't want to re-do that deck work ya know! :clap:
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:24 am

Glad to hear it missed you.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: johnjoseph On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:43 pm

Glad to hear you and home are safe Unhippy.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... d=11773597
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: CoalJockey On: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:00 pm

Holy jumpin' there Unhippy! :shock:

That is waaaayyyyyy to close. Glad it changed direction and I pray that it continues to do so. Any word yet on how it got started in the first place?

We had one up on the mountain behind us last Spring, very dry here then. It did not pose much danger as it was in a very desolate area but it burned for 3 days straight and was rather frightening to watch, especially at night.

Keep us posted here
Ty
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: unhippy On: Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:38 am

The city council thinks that it may have been collage kids that lit a fire the night before to toast marshmellows....

Altho i personally find that a little hard to believe, due to (apart for the council managers being idiots) both where the fire started and the time between when the kids had their fire going and when the bushfire started.

1: Any embers that started the fire would have had to travel about 250 yards upwind to get to where the fire started

2: The campfire was lit the night before....our firewood here is all softwood so doesn't charcoal and smolder like hardwood can plus there was about 18hrs between fires... and refer back to point one.

Personally I think its probably a discarded bottle combined with sunlight that started it.

There has been alot of fires in that area over the years and a fair few of them have been pinned down on bottles being discarded by people walking on the track that goes right thru where the fire started....normally can be determined by the origin point being too far from the track for a smoke butt to be thrown but just at about the right distance from the track for a bottle to land.

They currently have 3 excavators up there digging out fire veins as its got down into a layer of lignite that is about 10 ft under surface.
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: CoalJockey On: Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:31 am

Niiiice...

Get the lignite dug up and put out quick, last thing I want to read on here is Unhippy breaking up housekeeping and heading off to another homestead because New Zealand now has its own Centralia-type thing going on. :hangover:

Glad you guys are alight
Ty
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:26 am

Way too close for comfort..... Keep Us posted regarding that Lignite mess ! Have You been having quite a few of the "Bushfire Events" this year ? :gee:
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Re: Bushfire near my place

PostBy: unhippy On: Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:36 pm

The good thing about the lignite in this area is that its so low rank that its barely at the lignite stage so is still very wet during the winter and cannot hold a fire over winter or even a wet summer.....once the diggers have got the fire veins dug out they will go up above where the fire was and dig a trench down to the coal and then an oversize sprinkler hose will be lay in the trench and left turned on for a couple of weeks to soak water thru the lignite seem.

Hambden Bob wrote:Have You been having quite a few of the "Bushfire Events" this year ? :gee:


Less fires here than normal it feels like....Aussie however is having its usual bumper fire season
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