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Post by paulh on 10th January 2015, 23:40

thought I would post a couple of photos of what we woke up to this morning, a scary but awesome sight. Photos taken from our backyard. The fire is about 12kms from us and is heading our way, we are about 800 metres from the ocean so we are pretty safe. A couple of our children and their families are in the fires path and have been put on a watch status, which basically means they should leave or be prepared to defend their houses. A lot of drama, however I'm sure they will all be ok, gauging the winds etc, I'm sure the sea breeze is coming in now which will send the fires away from where they live.
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Post by neptune on 11th January 2015, 00:25

I see it was moving at 900mts per hour on the flats.... fire has never been a good sight for anyone except in a barbecue.....
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Post by paulh on 11th January 2015, 00:56

neptune wrote:I see it was moving at 900mts per hour on the flats.... fire has never been a good sight for anyone except in a barbecue.....

my son just rang and told me that our suburb in on alert now as well, apparently the wind has changed direction again and we could come under flying embers, we are in a pretty built up area with very little bush land.The embers are a problem for people who have roof top air conditioners, so the advice is to turn them off.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 11th January 2015, 06:38

I hope all are safe over your way Paul, you are right, embers are something we do not think of or see till they ignite something.
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Post by paulh on 11th January 2015, 22:40

All Clear this morning, was a relief, just woke up to a lot of burnt embers about 1 inch long. It was good to go out side without the heaviness of smoke everywhere.
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Post by neptune on 12th January 2015, 00:01

That is always a good feeling, Paul.....
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Post by muscovyduckling on 17th January 2015, 20:19

I hate it how when there's a fire near your place they always tell you to turn the aircon off! It's cruel! Heh.

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Post by paulh on 17th January 2015, 23:13

muscovyduckling wrote:I hate it how when there's a fire near your place they always tell you to turn the aircon off! It's cruel! Heh.

Glad you're well Smile

Thanks muscovyduckling, yep all is well, but I can tell you, I never turned of the AC, lol
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Post by AutumnDamask on 22nd January 2015, 08:15

muscovyduckling wrote:I hate it how when there's a fire near your place they always tell you to turn the aircon off! It's cruel! Heh.

Glad you're well Smile

They usually do this to avoid filling the house with smoke.... or worse, drawing the burning embers into the house....

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Post by muscovyduckling on 28th January 2015, 21:13

I know Wendy. It's just that it seems like a double slap in the face - "hey, it's so hot that your house might actually burn down, but no AC for you!".

It's just like on really hot days, if you're driving an old car and it starts overheating, you have to put the heater on. Ha. Just awful.


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Post by paulh on 29th January 2015, 01:21

It was on again for the last couple of days, this time the fire took off heading north and not heading west. A lot of smoke around, the orange glow at nighttime was awesome to see.
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Post by muscovyduckling on 29th January 2015, 01:33

Full on. Is that from the Yanchep fire or the Baldivis fire?

My sister used to live in Roleystone, up in the hills. She got sick of the house nearly burning down every year, so last year she sold and moved to BALDIVIS! The fire gods are just following her around I think.
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Post by paulh on 29th January 2015, 01:45

muscovyduckling wrote:Full on. Is that from the Yanchep fire or the Baldivis fire?

My sister used to live in Roleystone, up in the hills. She got sick of the house nearly burning down every year, so last year she sold and moved to BALDIVIS! The fire gods are just following her around I think.

The fire was traveling towards Yanchep, it got close, more southwards. Ahh! your sister can't take a trick, still I think she would be in a safer place.
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Post by neptune on 29th January 2015, 02:10

I can see the Baldivis smoke from my place...it is so hard to get rid of that smoke smell out of your house...[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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neptune wrote:I can see the Baldivis smoke from my place...it is so hard to get rid of that smoke smell out of your house...[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post by Balinbear on 29th January 2015, 15:58

muscovyduckling wrote:I know Wendy. It's just that it seems like a double slap in the face - "hey, it's so hot that your house might actually burn down, but no AC for you!".

It's just like on really hot days, if you're driving an old car and it starts overheating, you have to put the heater on. Ha. Just awful.

I read somewhere the other day that 75% of Australian Homes have aircon. A bit of a surprise. We have never had it despite the heat and humidity. Windows, fan and swimming pool does enough though a trip to the movies or the shopping centres seems to be popular of late.
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