The Severe weather and Bushfire warnings thread 2018/19

 
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Well we are into that time of year when mum nature decides to throw her usual tantrums at us...with just cause lol lol.

Bushfires WILL BE very bad this season even though we have had some rainfall it is not enough and has actualy helped increase the fuel loads state wide in NSW and VIC.....please get your fire plans into action.

We NSWRFS cannot put a Firetruck in every street we simply do not have enough vehicles to do so....basicly its up to the public to help us help you.

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  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Well we just had our 1st fire of the 2018/19 season out here at Hay from a tree that had been struck by lightning from tuesdays storms and had smouldered un noticed since then 20km west of town on the river bank in the middle of nowhere and fell over today starting a scrub fire that was then noticed and called in....3 trucks and 8 members 2 bours to get it under control.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
There is a major fire burning up around the Port Stephans area, residents have been warned to shelter in place, I believe they have deployed the new boeing 737 to help with this one.

Kind Regards
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Try in the Cessnock and Kurri Kuri areas with evac warnings in place right now...yes Gaia the New 737 is working these fires as is Zuess the C130 and one of the Avro RJs.
Huge wind and dust storms across most of NSW at the moment.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Salt Ash fire is now at Emergency warning level and is spotting up to 5km infront of the fire front Evac centres have been set up...unable to link from this phone.

Please see the NSWRFS fires near me app or site.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Homes are no longer under direct threat right now Our crews and Fire + Rescue are slowly gaining the upper hand but still at Emergency warning.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
The Kurri Kurri/Cessnock fire is now a Watch and Act, as of 19:08pm, *Edit, as is the Salt Ash fire.

Kind Regards
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Salt ash fire is now back up to Emergency Warning level now.
North side of the fireground is being heavily attacked to protect assets.
South side of this fire has broken containment lines.
Severe winds are predicted to impact the fireground this afternoon.
Keep safe and follow instructions from Emergency Services personel.....ABC local radio giving good infomation.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

NOT Great news out of the Salt Ash fire as extreme and very turbulate winds are grounding the Water Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters for long periods.

These winds are causing Spot fires well infront of the Actual Firefront....Our teams are doing it bloody tough in these trying conditions.
Listen to ABC Local radio for updates and warnings.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

NOT Great news out of the Salt Ash fire as extreme and very turbulate winds are grounding the Water Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters for long periods.

These winds are causing Spot fires well infront of the Actual Firefront....Our teams are doing it bloody tough in these trying conditions.
Listen to ABC Local radio for updates and warnings.
  ParkesHub Chief Commissioner

NOT Great news out of the Salt Ash fire as extreme and very turbulate winds are grounding the Water Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters for long periods.

These winds are causing Spot fires well infront of the Actual Firefront....Our teams are doing it bloody tough in these trying conditions.
Listen to ABC Local radio for updates and warnings.
42101 A end
If it's like here in Victoria, the aircraft will just be doing asset protection. Houses and the like.

Edit: Fires that spot well ahead of the fire front are really dangerous....as the Californians have found out.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

PH
Yes thats what they went for Asset protection as the bush will regenerate easily enough.

Lack of water was quite the problem due to few avalable usable water points due to PFOS contamination of the ground water around RAAF Williamstown.

FRNSW were doing most of the asset protection from the ground while my mob were attacking the Firefronts and chasing down Spot fires....yeah they caused much devestation in the Californian fires...they do that here a lot too as most houses that are lost are from indirect attack from wind blown embers not from the actual fire fronts....i have only so far done 3 fires in timber and scrub and they are scary...give me a Grass fire anyday.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Major delays out of Melbourne today with weather issues following a shutdown of Sydney Airport last night due to the dust storm.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Major delays out of Melbourne today with weather issues following a shutdown of Sydney Airport last night due to the dust storm.
bevans
Sydney was NOT closed, but the winds restricted use to the East/West Runway 25 as the crosswinds were too strong to use the North/South runways, hence the delays last night and today.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
STAY INFORMED: Beaudesert bushfire as at 5.50pm Fri 23 Nov
23rd November 2018 5:50 PM
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Machine Creek near Mount Larcom.You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.Currently as at 4.07pm, 30 July 2018, a bushfire is travelling between Taylors Lane Machine Creek and Henicke Roac Machine Creek.People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.More: bit.ly/2Af7OpN


Response Date: 23/11/2018, 2:39 PM
Vehicles on Scene: 5
Vehicles on Route: 2
Last Update: 23/11/2018, 9:31 PM

STAY INFORMED: Atkinsons Dam grass fire as at 6.15pm Friday 23 Nov
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a grass fire in Atkinsons Dam.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
Currently as at 6.15pm Friday 23 November, a grass fire is travelling east between Atkinsons Dam Road and Jamieson Road, Atkinsons Dam.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
More information: bit.ly/2AbkAW8

Response Date: 23/11/2018, 2:19 PM
Vehicles on Scene: 11
Vehicles on Route: 4
Last Update: 23/11/2018, 9:40 PM

STAY INFORMED: Spring Creek bushfires as at 4.30pm Friday 23 Nov
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there are multiple bushfires burning in Spring Creek.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
Currently as at 4.30pm Friday, 23 November multiple grass fires are burning near Gatton Esk Road, Carbine Road and Kelly Road, Spring Creek. These fires are travelling in an easterly direction towards Balaam Hill Road.
Fire crews are working to contain the fire. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
More information: bit.ly/2Ak50rk

Response Date: 23/11/2018, 2:55 PM
Vehicles on Scene: 10
Vehicles on Route: 4
Last Update: 23/11/2018, 9:22 PM

Source: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map/Pages/default.aspx
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Graham
Thanks for adding those QLD incedent reports.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

A HUGE amount of thunderstorms and torrential rain hitting most of Eastern SOUTH Australia and Adelaide right now...much Red showing on the BOM radar..(heavy rain) and its moving into western NSW at the moment...could be a rocky evening out here despite no rain being forecast.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

A HUGE amount of thunderstorms and torrential rain hitting most of Eastern SOUTH Australia and Adelaide right now...much Red showing on the BOM radar..(heavy rain) and its moving into western NSW at the moment...could be a rocky evening out here despite no rain being forecast.
42101 A end
No rain in Adelaide yet, just medium height cloud cover.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

JAP
Yes i messed up a bit there I looked a bit wrong at the radar....you might get some heavy stuff later.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

I'd be surprised if we get more than a few drops. Only patches of blue and green headed our way, and the 50% forecast is only 2mm.

We can get some quite vicious storms in spring - and we did just a couple of days ago - but this doesn't look like being one of them.
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

JAP
Yes spring weather is normaly a bit mad but this year it is just straight up insane.
On thursday traveling home from Griffith to Hay every 5km we had something different...dust storm...high winds with blue sky....torrential rain...then repeat over and over for the whole 140km run...at one stage on the Sturt hwy we were under torrential rain yet looking across my driver to the right roughly 2km away it was a thick dust storm...with blue skies off in the distance to the left....weirdest weather i have ever seen.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
STAY INFORMED: Sheldon bushfire as at 4.05pm Saturday 24 Nov
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there are multiple bushfires burning in Sheldon.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
Currently as at 4.05pm Saturday, 24 November a bushfire is burning near Duncan Road, Winston Road and Mount Cotton Road, Sheldon.
Fire crews are working to contain the blaze. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
More info: bit.ly/2AiX0XF

Response Date: 24/11/2018, 1:13 PM
Vehicles on Scene: 14
Vehicles on Route: 0
Last Update: 24/11/2018, 6:42 PM

STAY INFORMED: Delaneys Creek bushfire as at 4.30pm Sat 24 Nov
The previous bushfire warning has changed.
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire burning at Delaneys Creek.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
Currently as at 4.30pm, Saturday, 24 November, 2018, a bushfire is travelling in a south-easterly direction near Travers Ct and Mervyn Cavanagh Ct, Delaneys Creek.
Fire crews are working to contain the blaze. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
More info: bit.ly/2Ahoehs

Response Date: 24/11/2018, 8:30 AM
Vehicles on Scene: 16
Vehicles on Route: 1
Last Update: 24/11/2018, 6:42 PM

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Undullah bushfire as at 5.30pm Sat 24 Nov
Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Undullah
and conditions could get worse.
You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.
Currently as at 5.30pm Saturday 24 November, a slow-moving fire is currently burning in inaccessible country and travelling in an easterly direction towards Mt Elliot Road, Undullah. The fire is likely to impact properties in the area of Mt Elliot Road, near Flinders Peak Conservation Park.
Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
• If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are ready to follow it.
• If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if you leave the area.
• Advise family and friends of your plan.
• Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
• Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
• Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• Take action to protect your livestock.
• Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
• Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
• Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
• Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
• Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) webs
Response Date: 24/11/2018, 7:14 AM
Vehicles on Scene: 13
Vehicles on Route: 5
Last Update: 24/11/2018, 6:31 PM

STAY INFORMED: Round Hill bushfire as at 4.10pm Sat 24 Nov
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in the Round Hill area.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
Currently as at 4.10pm, Saturday 24 November 2018, a bushfire is travelling in an easterly direction from Palm Grove Road towards Deepwater National Park and Maude Hill Road.
Crews are currently undertaking back burning operations in an effort to contain the blaze.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
•           Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
•           If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
•           If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
•           Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
•           If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
•           Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
•           Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
•           Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
•           Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
•           Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
•           Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
•           Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
•           Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
•           Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
FURTHER INFORMATION:
•           For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
•           For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit http://www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au
The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

Response Date: 22/11/2018, 2:54 PM
Vehicles on Scene: 12
Vehicles on Route: 3
Last Update: 24/11/2018, 6:49 PM

Source: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map/Pages/default.aspx
  42101 A end Junior Train Controller

Graham
Very bad fires in QLD today with 100,s being evacuated from the danger area with sadly some houses already lost.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
So many fires in Qld today, brief list!
  • Rungoo (Stay Informed)
  • Dalrymple Heights (Watch and Act)
  • Finch Hatton x 2 (Watch and Act)
  • Stanwell (Leave Immediately!)
  • Ambrose (Leave Immediately!)
  • Bracewell (Stay Informed)
  • Agnes Water (Leave Immediately!)
  • Carnarvon National Park (Watch and Act)
  • Delaney's Creek (Stay Informed)
  • Undullah (Stay Informed)
  • Wongawallen (Prepare to Leave)


Source: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map/Pages/default.aspx

7 News has reported that 8000 residents of Gracemere have been urged to evacuate due to the Stanwell fire.

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