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    10-23-2010, 08:02 AM
  #1
Yearling
Summer 2010 is hear, im scared! (warning photos may be graphic to some)

(sooo sorry if its in the wrong topic!) Well summer is coming, with a whole lot of heat! And to sum it up I am petrified!! I have no clue on my fire escape plan im trying to work one out now.Anyone got tips for fire plans?! I was around with black saturday and thank god!! Moved out of our property in Kinglake 2 weeks before that horrendes day came. For some reason me and my family had a bad gut feeling and didnt want another summer there. Our Kinglake property was burnt to a crisp and 2 of our neighbours perished. I just don't know what to do! There is so much grass at our new house (not in kinglake) and now the greens are in parliament!! We are doomed! I am so scared I just had to vent.. Were we live now there were only spot fires that febuary 09 so we were lucky about that, but the catch was our CFA was all gone to the major areas, only about 3 remained in the valley. For thoses who didnt hear about Black saturday, it started on the 7th of Feb 09 the hotest day on recored nearing 46.4 degrees Celsius meaning many residents didnít stand a chance due to extreme heat and strong winds.When numerous fires were ignited and were burning across the state of Victoria, Australia during extreme fire conditions. The royal commision said the fires were as powerful as 1,500 atomic bombs the size of the one, dropped on Hiroshima. It ended up resulting in Australia's highest ever record of loss of life from a bush-fire (even more so than Ash wednesday!). 173 peopled were killed and 414 were seriously injured, It is recorded as many as individual 400 fires were blazing that weekend. It burnt through many towns including

Marysville
Kinglake
Narbethong
Hazeldene
Kilmore
Yea
Churchill
Narre Warren
Yarra Glen
Beechworth
Flowerdale
Horsham
Coleraine
Weerite
Bunyip
Dargo
Wilson's Promontory and the West Gippsland area

Now see why I am stressing? They say this years going to be hotter! So anyone with tips on survival? An what to do. We are slashing keeping the grass short but the council wont clear the nature strips!! Our property has a large water supply which I am thankful for.(but limits). We are going to cut the fences and put everyone in the chanel paddock (but im scared they will take water out because they need it!) We are creating a wide fire birth (which is hard as our house is surrounded by trees!) Our house's main threat is ember attack so we will have hoses ready (if we decide to fight!) It is all so scary! I have halter/leads cages/carriers,collars. (sedatives if we decide to truck the horses.) I am plaing to try and get the horses as far away from the luceren crop as that will just explode! So if any one has tips on survival and water storage I would LOVE to hear it!

Lets just pray! Nobody has to ecperience Black saturday again! And no fires will harm us!

Some photos of whilst it was burning! Through out Victoria.






Exhausted CFA fighter at bunyip stae park. He just lost the fight of his life, literally! There was smoke like this trhough out the state.




This was how we knew it wasnt over! That's the moon.



Sunset



Destruction.
Major Highway!! Imagine driving down that whilst on fire. It took many lives as the fire was flying across tree tops over the cars and trucks.


A bunker that saved a family






R.I.P to the people who lost there lives on this devistating day..
     
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    10-23-2010, 09:39 AM
  #2
Green Broke
It is scary, I don't think we have a fire plan either... I think we would probably just run for the water, as we live near a river.
Black saturday was horrid, even over here, this brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it
     
    10-23-2010, 11:28 AM
  #3
Started
Wow that is horrible :( Idk what to say but come up with a fire plan. Like what you do at school with a drill but for your family (including horses)

This website addresses australia specifically
About.com: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/horsehelp/firesafety.shtml
     
    10-23-2010, 11:31 PM
  #4
Yearling
Its scary! I just don't know what to do. Most of the roads out, would be ablaze if we got hit. I am trying to put buckets and other water storage places I know so if I need to find it I will know were it is. Its kind of annoying because my parents arnt that interested. Even though we were just hit with spot fires in 09 anything could happen this december next febuary!!
     
    10-25-2010, 07:07 AM
  #5
Trained
That was a horrendous summer :( We had smoke drifting from those fires coming all the way across to SA, our sunsets were so hazy and there was even ash drifting over.
The chances of another fire of that intensity hitting in the same area is quite unlikely to occur in such quick succession, the vegetation hasn't become so dried out, and not so much dried organic matter will be on the ground, as well as the understory's being thinner. It takes decades for an environment to built up to that density again, that would fuel such an inferno as the black saturday fires.

Definitely get your fire plan ready, but don't stress too much. If you have a plan, and you are super organised, you'll be fine. Sit down with the family and get a list of everything you have to do in the event of a fire. There is certainly a possibility of minor bush fires so you always want to be prepared. Have your truck packed with a few containers of water and other essentials for the horses should you need to get them out quickly. And get all of your valuables/photographs etc. into boxes that you can grab and run.

Australian summers ARE terrifying, every year we prepare for the worst. Our property is heavily wooded, with fairly thick understory in our 'native' paddock. We try to keep the roadside as clear as possibly, but there have been a few instances were we've had spot fires up there because of some IDIOT throwing their cigarette butts out the window. - Folk who smoke, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't throw the butt out the car window when driving near someone's property or anywhere near grass verges etc. you could destroy someone's life with your carelessness.
     
    10-28-2010, 08:43 PM
  #6
Trained
Im so sorry to hear about your experience Jack :( I really hope that you and your family and your horses are safe this year. Sorry I don't know nothing about fire plans :(
     
    10-28-2010, 11:11 PM
  #7
Weanling
Jeeze I remember Black Saturday. That was terrible.
I'm praying that we won't have another summer like that this year.
It's only October and it's already bloody hot in Brisbane.
I have no idea what I would do. Best of luck to you and hope nothing happens.
     
    10-28-2010, 11:18 PM
  #8
Yearling
I don't live in Austrailia but do live in California and we've had big big fires every year almost randomly. The biggest piece of advice (that is sometimes hard to hear) is do not try and stay and fight the fire with a garden hose. You will not win!

Here, people plant iceplant around their homes or make big dirt clearings. Hose everything down before you leave, have the trailer ready and just get out! I personally would hang around water if it was in a clear spot.
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