Great Ocean Road fires

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thermalben started the topic in Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 8:18am

What a tragedy. 53 homes reported lost on the Great Ocean Road; 35 at Wye River and 18 at Separation Creek. Brings back memories of Ash Wednesday.

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thermalben commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 8:21am
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barley commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 10:18am

We drove through the Pinery area to go to my sisters place in the Barossa and it looks like Armageddon! never seen any thing like it..can only magine what the vicco crew are gong through.
Not sure of the backburning protocol over there or if that has any impact?
Another shocking day to have a fire..at least they are getting rain?
Will that mean falls is still on? I have mates wondering..small time problem compared to losing ya house..hope no lives were lost too...

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 10:48am

Was up most of the night watching both the CFA warnings and the BOM radar. About 1am the wind shifted strongly SW and before it was doused by rain at 2-3, that was the bit that felt like Ash Wednesday as it would have then run parallel up the coast. Went down to our local lookout at this time (1am) and it sure felt strong, and infused with smoke - but also colder and more moist. GOR was closed between Torquay and Skenes Creek at about this time. Tragic that the homes were lost, thankfully no lives lost. Good on the CFA!

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 10:54am

Question for Ben and Craig - when the wind shifted SW, the cloud and rain band were still moving NW - is this a typical thing?

I can see the rain on the radar shifting from a NW to SW movement now (Sunday, 11am), way after the surface wind made the shift.

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Craig commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 11:28am

Wow, so so sad, hate seeing images like this.

VJ - not all the time, but yes happens frequently here with the difference in upper level winds compared to surface. You see the rain or weather aloft going a different direction to the surface, and this also is a good indication that there is a change on the way.

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Sheepdog commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 1:58pm

Thoughts go out to those poor folk, and the injured animals..

Sheepdog

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thermalben commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 7:35pm

116 homes! Holy shit.

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sidthefish commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 8:12pm

Relax everyone , no lives lost and the Pub survived.

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southey commented Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 at 9:17pm

Rumour I'm hearing on the coast is that TB lit it .
All this time staring at the jewel in the Victorian crown " Lorne point " surf cam , has had him desperate for prime property . Defiantly he had to smoke them out . ( too early ?!? ) .
Seriously though , if you live in the bush . It burns . There's a find line between being at one with nature , and joining its ashes . Better forest management is crucial to man and bush co existing . The high country is a prime example . Heavy fuel undergrowth can prove fatal . Thank fuck it rained last night . Thoughts go out to those effected .

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