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10 December 2006 @ 09:54 am
My state is burning  
:-(

For the second day in a row, I can't see the city skyline from my bedroom window: it's covered in smoke from the bushfires that threaten nearly a third of my state. We're only a couple of kms from the city centre, so that's pretty extreme, but not as bad as the fact that I couldn't see the end of my street yesterday when driving.

The fires may burn for a month and the smog's not clearing any time soon.

At 9am, it's already 31 degrees. There's a change coming later, but perversely, that could put property at risk as the fires change direction.

On Friday my RACV magazine for the month arrived, with the cover story: 'Will Victoria go up in flames again?' It's already been answered. We've been dry for so long now... the worst drought in 1000 years... we knew this was coming, but it's come frighteningly early--it's not even formally bushfire season yet.

Oh, my country!
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Vicki: Fox lisitsamyownghost on December 9th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
i'm very sorry to hear this. a few years ago, when NSW was burning so frighteningly, i called an old friend in blacktown on the phone, first time ever, just to make sure he was all right. the thought of all those fires is terrifying.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bamber yellowbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, the NSW fires were terrifying. Our firefighters fought with them then. This time it's their turn to help us, and we have the Elvis helicopter at work as well. It's waiting time right now... the fires are in the national parks, but when the wind changes tonight, that's when the property damage could come. The conditions they're predicting are the worst possible. I just hate being able to smell it but be powerless.
Vicki: flowersmyownghost on December 9th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
oh, i hope their predictions aren't borne out in coming days. please keep us posted, K.
Vera: Cherry_sinpugl_vera01 on December 9th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry this is happening too, bop. Bushfire season in Australia scares me no matter where I am. That the drought has endured for this long is worse still.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bsg kara eeek!bop_radar on December 9th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
*nods* Australians have that understanding about the fires and what it can mean. The drought is terrible, Vera! They told us last week that our main dam is at 29 per cent! They don't even know if we can drink the bottom twenty per cent safely!
Veral_vera01 on December 9th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Far out, 29 per cent? Jeez. The warm weather has only just started, hasn't it? There's still a long way to go until bushfire season is over.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Christmasbop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Yup. And I heard there's a fire headed for our water catchment area that could ruin Melbourne's water supply... ::frets::
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on December 9th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
I hate it so much. I'm worried, too. :/
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bop catbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
*clings* I hate the waiting and not knowing, especially when we're blanketed in smoke.
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on December 9th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
And the rain just doesn't come. Sigh.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Christmasbop_radar on December 9th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I live in a an inner urban area so my own property will be ok, but we're driving out to relatives in the country today for a Christmas celebration, so an emergency plan is important there. We'll have the radio on for updates and thankfully we're heading NW not NE--the NE is one big blaze right now. Still, I hate being out on the roads when it's like this. It makes me flashback to my childhood and driving with the fires coming over the hill behind us.
Offical Exception to ALL the Rulestreetracer on December 9th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Goodness, that's terrible! Do they even have the water to fight those fires?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Mebop_radar on December 10th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
The helicopters and planes are allowed to take water from private dams only if they replace it later, so yes, there's a genuine tension between water for fire fighting and water for drinking.
Offical Exception to ALL the Rulestreetracer on December 10th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Ok, at the risk of sounding like an ignorant American, aren't you on the coast? Can they use ocean water?
Dizzycaitlen on December 10th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Most of the worse fires are several hundred kilometers (I think it might be up around 500kms - like 300 miles?) inland, so that's simply not an option. What is an option is letting them burn out, which is what is going to happen, and try and save as many houses and communities as possible. To try and contain them in national park areas where there is just bush to burn through, and save as much wild life that comes screaming out of there as you can.
Offical Exception to ALL the Rulestreetracer on December 10th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. The firefighters certainly have their work cut out for them, even in simply trying to contain all that. I hope it stays in the park and doesn't shift y'all's way.
Parul: 2~Clover~Songnakhrewali on December 9th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
man, it's all quite scary and I've just seen it on the news and stuff. I can't imagine what it would be like to be so close to the fire. I hope they manage to put it out.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
I hope so too. The temperature's dropped a little but no rain in sight. I've just got home so I'm tuning in to the news to find out how things are going.
mahaliemmahaliem on December 10th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
You have my sympathies.

Several years ago, we were in Canberra around Christmastime and fires broke out. We had to leave the zoo early and my kids were worried about what would happen to the poor lions and tigers.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh, you were in Canberra when the bad fires hit them? Those fires were terrible! It can certainly be confusing and frightening for children. Thank you for your kind thoughts!
blowjobs for jesus: Clark sadkristiinthedark on December 10th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, god, Boppy! That's awful! I have a friend who's a journalist in Montana, and she covers the yearly fires for the city paper where she lives, and I worry about her constantly. Now I worry about you, too!

BE SAFE!!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bamber yellowbop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Don't worry for me--we're safe where I live in the city. But we all know people in the country areas that are threatened, and the smoke is an issue for all of us. I'm keeping inside and drinking lots of water.
Dizzy: woecaitlen on December 10th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
This is horrid! I can't stand it! 31 at 9am, and it's 39 now at a quarter to 1pm!! *sob* The smoke is making my lungs feel worse and it's not going to go anytime soonish either!

This is horrible.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW woebop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Yes! Very, very hot and very smoky. Its eased a little bit now, but i think the smoked will stay for some time. I just hope the night doesn't bring the disastrous fire conditions they were predicting.
The First Evilasta77 on December 10th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
We've had some bad brush fires in this country, but I can't imagine a third of the state. I hope you get some relief soon. And stay safe!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bamber yellowbop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy glowybop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
I hope so! the temperature is dropping a little now... I hope your studies are going well, btw. :-)
Nora Norwich: Lex earnestnorwich36 on December 10th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
That's really scary! And at the beginning of the fire season, too. :Sends good thoughts in your direction:
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Maggiebop_radar on December 10th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Thank you, Nora! The land is so dry I want to cry when I see it. It felt like walking in a furnace today, the air was so dry and crackly. But so far no big tragedies.
random_seriousrandom_serious on December 10th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)
The weather is scary these days. I can't help but think we have fucked up something pretty spectacularly somewhere along the line. I hope you are fine, and that the situation gets better.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bop catbop_radar on December 11th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
Yup, we have fucked up. It's terrifyingly obvious now.
Things are in a holding pattern here for now, with more roasting days on the cards later in the week. But for now we're ok.