02-25-2009, 06:12 AM
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Hope you are still okay.
I lived in Vic a lot of years ago, back in the days when hubby would go off on his truck and I would be at home with the animals and the house opposite a state forest, no mobiles, no computers, no GPS. Scarey, it is, especially the waiting.
You should have a fire plan. Do Not wait until the last minute to implement it.
When you can see the flames, it is too late to start worrying about filling baths, sinks, gutters and watering down your house and grass.
Do Not decide at the last minute that you are going to flee instead of fight.
If you are going to leave, do it well in advance, fire front closer than 5km is usually too close to leave.
Animals, make sure they have a cleared area to be in. For me, I had to leave all the gates open so the sheep could move from paddock to paddock and I put the horse in with them so he wasn't on his own.
I'm sure you know all of this, but do not panick. It is really hard sitting and waiting, talk to someone to help your nerves if need be.
Remember, though, fires create a lot of smoke (you seriously cannot see your hand infront of your face), heat, wind, and noise like you wouldn't believe. It is VERY frightening, but if you opt to stay, you have to grit it out - you really cannot change your mind at the last minute.