The Hills are burning again

Around 3 O’clock today my sister called to tell me the Hills near home were on fire. Ironically this one started close to where the last disaster fires of Ash Wednesday in 1983 also started. At that stage it was burning south around 300 metres from my ex-wifes house and 500 metres south of the old family home.

My boss who lives up the road from me decided that it was better to be safe than sorryso we left work to head home in case we came under ember attack.

I’m home now, the wind has swung from northly to westerly and it is now being pushed east towards Belgrave Heights and Belrave South. Once again the CFA is on the scene but so far this one is still out of control.

My daughter is bringing their cats around here later on because at the moment we are safe. I’ll keep everyone posted again.

It seems that the messages of two weeks ago have been heeded with many callers to the radio stations saying they have decided to be evacuate early.

The CFA have just confirmed that one house has just been lost in Belgrave South. Now this is true bush living not unlike Kinglake and Marysville which were both wiped off the map two weeks ago. Houses are thich through that area so I fear we should brace for more losses.

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Update 5:25pm. Just heard that two firefighters have been injured and a fire truck damaged.

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Update 25th February.
Here is a link to an interview with Upper Gully CFA Captain Pete “Mudguts” Smith aired on 3 AW this morning. These three blokes were very lucky.

The Hills are burning again

Around 3 O’clock today my sister called to tell me the Hills near home were on fire. Ironically this one started close to where the last disaster fires of Ash Wednesday in 1983 also started. At that stage it was burning south around 300 metres from my ex-wifes house and 500 metres south of the old family home.

My boss who lives up the road from me decided that it was better to be safe than sorryso we left work to head home in case we came under ember attack.

I’m home now, the wind has swung from northly to westerly and it is now being pushed east towards Belgrave Heights and Belrave South. Once again the CFA is on the scene but so far this one is still out of control.

My daughter is bringing their cats around here later on because at the moment we are safe. I’ll keep everyone posted again.

It seems that the messages of two weeks ago have been heeded with many callers to the radio stations saying they have decided to be evacuate early.

The CFA have just confirmed that one house has just been lost in Belgrave South. Now this is true bush living not unlike Kinglake and Marysville which were both wiped off the map two weeks ago. Houses are thich through that area so I fear we should brace for more losses.

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Update 5:25pm. Just heard that two firefighters have been injured and a fire truck damaged.

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Update 25th February.
Here is a link to an interview with Upper Gully CFA Captain Pete “Mudguts” Smith aired on 3 AW this morning. These three blokes were very lucky.

The Hills are burning again

Around 3 O’clock today my sister called to tell me the Hills near home were on fire. Ironically this one started close to where the last disaster fires of Ash Wednesday in 1983 also started. At that stage it was burning south around 300 metres from my ex-wifes house and 500 metres south of the old family home.

My boss who lives up the road from me decided that it was better to be safe than sorryso we left work to head home in case we came under ember attack.

I’m home now, the wind has swung from northly to westerly and it is now being pushed east towards Belgrave Heights and Belrave South. Once again the CFA is on the scene but so far this one is still out of control.

My daughter is bringing their cats around here later on because at the moment we are safe. I’ll keep everyone posted again.

It seems that the messages of two weeks ago have been heeded with many callers to the radio stations saying they have decided to be evacuate early.

The CFA have just confirmed that one house has just been lost in Belgrave South. Now this is true bush living not unlike Kinglake and Marysville which were both wiped off the map two weeks ago. Houses are thich through that area so I fear we should brace for more losses.

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Update 5:25pm. Just heard that two firefighters have been injured and a fire truck damaged.

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Update 25th February.
Here is a link to an interview with Upper Gully CFA Captain Pete “Mudguts” Smith aired on 3 AW this morning. These three blokes were very lucky.

Interview with David Tree about Sam the Koala

As I said in the last post, I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne yesterday, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

Once again 3AW have done a fantastic job covering the fires. On Saturday as we were sitting at home listening to the sirens from the firetrucks and the helicopters flying overhead as a fire started half a kilometer south of where we live, it was 3AW that was providing the regular updates that gave me the confidence to stay at home.

Please leave a comment if you read this – there is amazing interest in this story from around the world and even this blog is getting hits from all over the place – so if you drop in let me know where you are from.

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Photo from AAP – Caption – Cheyenne Tree treats a Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. More than 180 people were killed in the weekend’s fires, and on Wednesday, the scope of the devastation to Australia’s wildlife began to emerge, with officials estimating that millions of animals also perished in the inferno. (AP Photo)

Interview with David Tree about Sam the Koala

As I said in the last post, I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne yesterday, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

Once again 3AW have done a fantastic job covering the fires. On Saturday as we were sitting at home listening to the sirens from the firetrucks and the helicopters flying overhead as a fire started half a kilometer south of where we live, it was 3AW that was providing the regular updates that gave me the confidence to stay at home.

Please leave a comment if you read this – there is amazing interest in this story from around the world and even this blog is getting hits from all over the place – so if you drop in let me know where you are from.

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Photo from AAP – Caption – Cheyenne Tree treats a Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. More than 180 people were killed in the weekend’s fires, and on Wednesday, the scope of the devastation to Australia’s wildlife began to emerge, with officials estimating that millions of animals also perished in the inferno. (AP Photo)

Interview with David Tree about Sam the Koala

As I said in the last post, I heard David Tree interviewed on the Neil Mitchell program on radio station 3AW here in Melbourne yesterday, and I was hoping they would post it on their website.   For those who are interested in hearing the story you can listen to the audio here.

Once again 3AW have done a fantastic job covering the fires. On Saturday as we were sitting at home listening to the sirens from the firetrucks and the helicopters flying overhead as a fire started half a kilometer south of where we live, it was 3AW that was providing the regular updates that gave me the confidence to stay at home.

Please leave a comment if you read this – there is amazing interest in this story from around the world and even this blog is getting hits from all over the place – so if you drop in let me know where you are from.

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Photo from AAP – Caption – Cheyenne Tree treats a Koala nicknamed Sam, saved from the bushfires in Gippsland, at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Center in Rawson, 100 miles (170 kilometers) east of Melbourne, Australia, where workers were scrambling to salve the wounds of possums, kangaroos and lizards Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. More than 180 people were killed in the weekend’s fires, and on Wednesday, the scope of the devastation to Australia’s wildlife began to emerge, with officials estimating that millions of animals also perished in the inferno. (AP Photo)