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The land is very large and remote, limited road access lack of power and food. Armed forces involve in assisting many thousands of trapped holiday makers and residence with relief.

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Prayers out to those affected, and may the land heal from this tragedy.

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My block in the once beautiful Combienbar valley was lost. The township of Club Terrace to the south of the valley was wiped out with only three houses still standing. Much of south east Australia is on fire.

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Sorry to hear that Reg 😞  The fires are terrible, we were absolutely covered in smoke today all the way over here in NZ, the skies were red in the morning as the sun came up and there was a smoke smell also as the wind blew it over from Australia, pretty amazing the smoke could travel so far.  This was me driving along today near my house, the smoke has covered our skies and in some places visibility was only a couple of hundred feet.

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This isn't cloud, it's smoke!

I hope forum member Jin is OK, he's from Gippsland from memory.

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5 minutes ago, phrunt said:



I hope forum member Jin is OK, he's from Gippsland from memory.

Jin is about 40 minutes west of me and the fires are from Bairnsdale (130 km east of me) to Mallacoota a further 230 km East. Most of the land is National Parks covered with dense forest. 

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I can definitely relate guys. Idaho is also mostly very remote. Once fires get going it is not unusual for them to run into the hundreds of thousands of acres.  If there is a potential fire break like a road or a ridge they will try to get the fires to bypass houses. If not they just burn. Often the fires burn till snow drops in late fall. It's just a fact of life here, but not a fun one. The land recovers just fine, but it is on a different time scale than we are used to. It takes 50+ years before the forest looks similar to before. It looks like most of your fires are brush fires. Fortunately they rehabilitate much faster.

I'm sure you guys are dealing with the extremely unhealthy, hazardous air quality ratings. Not sure what the point of them is. It's not like we can all stay inside for weeks. Life goes on and we all deal with the sinus headaches basically. We fortunately had a very mild fire season this year.

I donno, I'm rambling.  My point was I feel your pain and sympathies. 

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So sad for many reasons...sorry for the lives lost. And shattered!
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We've been pounded by lightning strikes for the last month or so, dry storms with no rain. We got a grand total of 57 mm for the year so every thing is tinder dry just waiting to go up.

We are a bit more fortunate than the poor buggers over east in as much as it's remote with minimal inhabitants. The fire just whips through the spinifex and mulga until it burns itself out.

I sent the drone up the other day to take a peek and see how far it spread, this is a couple of klms from the homestead.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL9zItIT9AZS2pKCVngVrjg?view_as=subscriber

 

Crap video sorry with no sound as I'm still learning to drive the thing.

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The horror of what is happening in Eastern Australia is unimaginable - and I live in a very high fire danger area. We are all hoping there will be some sort of change in these catastrophic conditions soon. Then we hope you will give us the privilege of helping in some way.

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