# VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE UPDATE 11-02-09 Day 5

Hi Guys

Day 5 of these and the weather has stopped being nice
it may be cool but not cool enough [only 20s] and now the winds are picking up again.

Fire needs three things to burn
1 – Oxygen
2 – Heat
3 – Fuel
The Firey’s have been flat chat containing the fires that are still going because
there’s not enough water/foam to smother it,
the fuel is still there
& the heat isn’t dropping!
Wind will just whip it about, send embers flying & shoot the smoke ahead again creating havock for those panicked and trying to flee at the WRONG time

It is not Burning that kills outright
- It is Smoke Inhallation & RADIENT HEAT!!! that kills FIRST then the flames
The animals instinctively go to the already burnt areas. Humans have to be gone well before the smoke hits or hide till the flames pass THEN get out ! There is time between the radient heat & the flames to get out.

But people are claiming there was no warning!
I know that the pager system has replaced a lot of CFA stations sounding sirens
For some reason it is CFA Policy to phase the use of sirens out!
Personally I think that is WRONG!!!
When in Terang we were involved in the CFA there and the town had the siren go every Sunday morning for testing (5 mins earlier was the pager test) [so much for late sleep-ins sunday! lol]
The siren rang out at the begining of training nights & every call out was announced with the siren going even if all the available members were there & gone …
It alerted the town that
a) there was a risk to the town somewhere [even a car with a flat tyre can start a bushfire!!! I’ve even seen a bus doing a 3 point turn, reverse off the road and whoosh the paddock was alight!]
& b) that the guys were already out so if there is any more incidents there the town needs more help!

I have heard of people seeing the trucks going around without the lights or sirens on just giving a smile and a wave so they didn’t worry & 15 minutes later their street was ablaze!

I know that the teams make assessments on the spot as to what properties can be saved and what will waste their time & water because the place is just an explosion waiting to happen! – residents need to learn this!!!
CFA KNOW that sometimes they can only create containment lines and just let the interior burn. Of course they would remove people who cannot survive staying but at the moment with the choice left to the resident there’s not a lot a CFA officer can do if they wont leave!
In America residents are forced to leave or are arrested and carried out well in advance of any fires and leave it up to the firey’s to do their best to save what they can. The debate is up here – do we remove the choice from our residents for their own safety or do we leave it to them but educate them better as to how to make the choice and when.

The fire chiefs on telly are enforcing “If you see smoke it’s too late to run! – time to bunker in behind a brick wall to escape the radient heat & get out after that passes.” it makes for sorting out the strong nerved ones from the weak! But then our country is like that all over!

The Royal commission will investigate claims like these and revise the policies & the education of the residents in fire risk areas.

This evening, the news is reporting that the residents are being allowed back into the areas
[NOT Marysville – there is High Allert of Aspestos toxins in the air & a roumer of the remains of up to 80 people in a church there]
But they have nothing to go back to so now they are looking for help BIG TIME
It’s almost as if they didn’t believe the authorities or the pictures and were expecting their house to still be there! One said they were lulled into believing that their place was OK because where they were in refuge was “Normal”
For those who had stayed and defended their home & survived they were very happy to see people return.

But there is still a massive need for non perrishable foods & storage containers/ plastic bags to store food in, furnishings, etc

And desperate cry for PET FOOD & equipment
& for stock feed & farming tools to repair fences & look after the stock

LINFOX is shipping goods up so donations can be left at their Centre Rd Clayton [Melbourne] Depot

There is a message board in Whittlesea leaving notes of “I’m Fine” and thanks & there are people finding people and realising just who they are missing

Already some of the accumulated funds are being distributed to registered families on a per adult & per child capacity

mobile phone companies are coming to the fore with phones & simcards
the sms mentality have created a whole awareness of how teens think – the “Goodbye” messages have arrived en mass
.

Now the Latest Fire Updates courtesy of the CFA site
A compiled Map

Urgent Threat Message Yea Murrindindi Fire – 12.00pm
Urgent Threat Message the communities of
Connellys Creek, Crystal Creek, Scrubby Creek and Native Dog Creek

Incident Information

The Yea – Murrindindi fire is burning on the Western and Eastern side of the Black Range continues to experience active fronts and fire activity due to Southerly winds

The communities of Connellys Creek, Crystal Creek, Scrubby Creek and Native Dog Creek may be impacted by this fire

Crews have been working very hard to establish control lines along the Whanregarwen Road from the Maroondah Highway to Molesworth.

*NB: This fire is now threatening one of our major water catchments – the Upper Yarra Dam and then on eastwards to the Thompson Lake damn! Let alone the threat to Melbourne’s water supply, if it gets that far the Bunyip fire could join it & then it’s back up into the High Country AGAIN!!

Resources are
40 trucks & 4 Slip Ons 8 dozers 3 aircraft approx 300 personnel
made up of:
From NSW 2 Pumper/Tankers, 3 Pumpers
NSW 10 Tankers (1 Strike Team and 1 Task Force)
CFA 25 Tankers (5 Strike teams)
DSE 4 Slip ons 1 DSE Tanker
CFA & DSE Personnel 435
MFB 5 Tankers (1 Strike Team)
8 Command Vehicles

Urgent Threat Message Yea Murrindindi Fire – 12.00pm
To the communities of
Acheron, Cathedral Lane, Thornton – Taggerty Road, Bulls Lane

Incident Information

The Yea – Murrindindi fire burning on the north front in the Blue Range is experiencing continuing fire activity due to south easterly winds.

Control lines are established along the Power lines between Taggerty and Snobs Creek. Crews overnight having been working very hard to consolidate these lines.

The communities of Acheron, Cathedral Lane, Thornton – Taggerty Road, Bulls Lane, may be directly impacted by this fire

The Murrindindi – Yea fire burning around the east and west side of the Black Range is experiencing continuing fire activity due to southerly winds. There is increased fire activity towards the Northern end of the Black Range.

Alert Message Yea Murrindindi Fire – 12.00pm
- To the communities of
Yarck, Caveat, Cathkin, Spaniaks rd, Killingworth rd, Frog Ponds rd, Murrindindi rd, Cheviot rd and Nashs Rd

Incident Information

The Yea – Murrindindi Fire, burning near Alexandra is burning in a Northerly direction and is estimated to be around 100,000 hectares in size.

The Members of the community near the Yea – Murrindindi Fire who where under smoke columns yesterday can expect similar conditions today.

Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, these communities should be alert for possible spot fires thrown ahead of the main fire.

The Alexandra, Thornton, Rubicon, Snobs Creek and Eildon communities still need to remain vigilant, but are under no immediate threat of fire.

Fire fighting agencies and the community continue to work towards improving Alexandra’s preparations and extensive fire protection works have been completed.

Residents should also consider their Fire Action Plans and be pro- active in assessing whether they should be enacted. Report any flaming embers to 000. Burnt Material will not start fires even though they may be smoking. Farmers should ensure that stock is in appropriate secured paddocks, where fences have been cut during the construction of control lines.

This one is threatening Eildon Lake our Largest water catchment [even if it is only at 22%]

Resources are
40 trucks & 4 Slip Ons 8 dozers 3 aircraft approx 300 personnel
made up of:
From NSW 2 Pumper/Tankers, 3 Pumpers
NSW 10 Tankers (1 Strike Team and 1 Task Force)
CFA 25 Tankers (5 Strike teams)
DSE 4 Slip ons 1 DSE Tanker
CFA & DSE Personnel 435
MFB 5 Tankers (1 Strike Team)
8 Command Vehicles

Alert Message – Maroondah/Yarra Complex Fire – 1.00pm
- To Communities in Maroondah area Healesville, Chum Creek, Badger Creek, Steels Creek, Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Toolangi and Castello. Communities in Yarra area Warburton, Reefton, Wesburn, Millgrove, Yarra Junction, Gladysdale, Powelltown,

Incident Information

Maroondah
Fires continue to burn south east and north of Toolangi and east and north of Healesville. Residents are advised that fire activity in these areas remains high and need to be vigilant and aware of the localised change in conditions.

Increased fire activity has also been detected in the vicinity of Mount St Leonards.

Crews will work today on strengthening strategic control lines and subject to appropriate weather conditions, will burn out areas of unburnt fuels between active fire and control lines. Areas likely to experience increased smoke from these burns include Toolangi and communities in the vicinity of Mt Riddell.

Communities in Healesville, Chum Creek, Badger Creek, Steels Creek, Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Toolangi and Castello are advised to remain alert to fire activity.

Yarra
Fires continue to burn in the vicinity of the Upper Yarra Dam and east of Big Pats Creek. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and aware of localised change in conditions.

Fire also continues to burn in the Bunyip State Park. Residents in the Yarra Valley including communities in the vicinity of Warburton, Reefton, Wesburn, Millgrove, Yarra Junction, Gladysdale, Powelltown, Launching Place, Don Valley, Hoddles Creek, Woori Yallock and Yellingbo may be experiencing increased smoke from this fire and associated containment strategies which include controlled burning

Multiple emergency services, including CFA, DSE, DPI, Parks Victoria, Tasmania Fire Services, Melbourne Water, Victoria Police and the Shire of Yarra Ranges, are continuing to focus on the protection of key community infrastructure, townships and water catchment in the Maroondah/Yarra Complex.

Residents can expect to see continued and increased fire activity that is monitored and will be responded to accordingly by fire crews. Residents are advised to be aware of emergency vehicles and requested to keep a safe distance from emergency operations.

Downgrade Message – Alert to Awareness – Beechworth Fire 10.15am
- for The communities of Beechworth, Myrtleford, Stanley, Dederang, Gundowring, Gundowring Upper, Glen Creek,Kergunyah South, Mudgeegonga, Bruarong, Kancoona, Kancoona South, Murmungee, Yackandandah andRunning Creek

Incident Information

The Beechworth Fire is currently burning within containment lines in the Beechworth, Myrtleford and Stanley areas. The fire has burnt approximately 30,000 hectares and mild weather conditions are helping fire fighters contain the fire.

These communities are currently not under threat from this fire. However residents from these areas need to be aware that there is still fire activity in the area due to backburning operations. These operations will assist fire fighters to contain the fire, but will cause increased smoke levels.

Any change to the current fire situation will be immediately communicated on ABC radio.

Alert Message – Bunyip Ridge Fire 10.15am
- to the communities in the area of Nayook and Neerim Junction

Incident Information

The Bunyip Ridge fire is burning in the Bunyip State Park and State Forest areas between Gembrook, Powelltown, Neerim Junction and Tonimbuk and is estimated to be approximately 25,000 hectares in size.

Even though the fire is not currently posing a threat, the communities in the area of Nayook and Neerim Junction need to be aware that fire activity is continuing in the area and has the potential to impact directly.

Residents may see some localised spotting around McIntyre Road.

There will also be increased smoke in the area due to blacking out and back burning being undertaken as part of suppression efforts.

This is threatening to join the Yarra and the Yea fires
.

Redesdale-Coliban Park Road Fire CONTAINED
Glenhope and areas of Boyers Rd, Haires Lane, Buntings Rd and Coombe Lane

Churchill Jeeralang Fire CONTAINED
*Hazelwood South, Jeeralang, Jeeralang North, Jeeralang Junction, Balook, Le Roy, Jumbuck, Valley View Budgree East, Traralgon South, Callignee, Calignee North, Calignee South, Carrajung South, Carrajung Lower, Woodside, Won Wron, Devon North, Yarram, Calrossie, Alberton, Tarraville, Port Albert, Langsborough, Manns Beach and Robertsons Beach. *
This is the first fire under suspicion of Arson

Dargo-White Timber Spur New Fire
– for the communities 15 kilometres NNW of Dargo, in East Gippsland

# VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE UPDATE 11-02-09 Day 5

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Statistics
lost lives – plateaued at 181 but more is expected
Conservative figure 200 but the forensic team have prepared for 300

fires – 21 still burning 8 major uncontained ones
two superfires threatening to join & are heading for the major water catchments & the High Country again

Monies Gathered $41MILLION [Not including corporation donations]

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(sorry this is late – was busy this morning at the local hospital & that put me behind a bit)
Chookas!

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