Friday, October 05, 2012

The fires are here

Two rainy years means we have a lot of greenery, the landscape looking very lush.

For about the last right weeks we've had no rain so the greenery has dried out and turned into fuel for bushfires.

Yesterday and today the temperature has been in the thirties celcius and today there have been very strong winds. Perfect fire weather.

We have two on the Central Coast, this one I saw from Terrigal:

 
At Wyee a fire that started yesterday was brought under control but has reignited. The Rural Fire Service says Wyee is  'Watch & Act' status. Their website advises:
Current Situation
The fire started yesterday in the area around Wyee Road. Under hot and windy conditions today, the fire is burning more intensely.

Firefighters are working to protect properties in Rutleys Road where homes are under threat due to the southerly winds.

More serious is the Pretty Beach fire, which has jumped containment lines and is threatening property.

The RFS has issued an Emergency Warning. Their website says:  An Emergency Alert telephone warning has been sent to homes in the area and Police are undertaking controlled evacuations on High View Road.

Fifteen minutes ago the situation was:

Current Situation

The fire is burning in Very High fire danger conditions and is expected to impact on properties any time in the next two hours.
 
Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving. Embers will be blown up to 4km ahead of the fire, creating spot fires that will move quickly and in different directions. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.
 
It looks like we're in for a long, bad fire season.


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