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Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Currawong, Nov 26, 2019.

  1. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    Butt is officially clinched.
     
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  2. RobStanley

    RobStanley Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Here's a recent satellite image of the current fire situation...
    Almost the entire length of NSW is ablaze.

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  3. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    WOW!!! That is sad.:(
     
  4. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    My view last night

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  5. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Been watching that fire in the updates and thinking of you mate. Hope that is as close as it gets.
     
  6. Dogdrawz

    Dogdrawz Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    News reports wildlife getting closer to homes. Over here that means, raccoons, opossum & the occasional gator. Can't imagine a joey starring thru ya window wanting inside.
     
  7. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    In theory it will keep burning until it rains. No rain is predicted in the short term, probably not until next year. The fire front will probably only stop coming this way if they bulldoze or backburn containment lines. Which I hope they'll do!
     
  8. Ryker

    Ryker Gold Member Gold Member

    762
    Dec 16, 2015
    Too bad NZ can’t send some rain your way. I’m sure they’d share.
     
  9. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    Mate, devastating situation, hope you are okay and staying safe. Things like this put every thing else into perspective. Thinking of you and everyone else affected by these fires. Keep safe mate.
     
  10. Beisser

    Beisser

    533
    Jul 3, 2006
    I press my thumbs. Hope everyone is safe.
    Best whishes and merry christmas from Germany.
     
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  11. elof_alv

    elof_alv Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Well, it didn't take long...
    It pretty much rained through the whole winter in Melbourne, after that there was some decent rains every week for a long while... all it took was 2 weeks of no rain and Victoria is on fire too now. This afternoon visibility here was about 500 meters, past that it was smoky haze
     
  12. Maximus79

    Maximus79

    35
    Jul 21, 2018
    Yeah the smoke in Melbourne was bad yesterday. We are close to the Dandenong Ranges and you couldn't see them at all.
    Plus the heat was almost too much. Got to 45.3c where I was during the day and was still 36c at 10pm.

    To put the fires in perspective they have already burnt 3.1million hectares and the fire front was over 60km long at one point.

    It's only a matter of time until we get another big one in Melbourne.
     
  13. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    @Currawong hey mate, any update from your location ? Hope you are OK !
     
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  14. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    Yesterday was pretty bad. Big plumes came up just over the hill

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    Then the weather changed and started blowing it towards me. Got real dark and burnt leaves and ash started falling

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    I was patrolling with the water pod and fire pump looking for spot fires. Had to look after the neighbour's property and their cattle and horses as well because the highway is closed and they can't get up. After a long day, the fire came very close, but just missed me. Then a heavy mist rolled in and everything went quiet. Strange day!

    As an aside, doing heavy work clearing vegetation for hours in 39 C temps and thick smoke, you start to appreciate what the firies have to deal with !!
     
  15. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Glad you are OK despite the crappy conditions mate !!
     
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  16. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    An ASH in its natural habitat

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  17. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    Damn man.... it's getting real for sure. Everyone is talking about the Aussie fires everywhere now and firing up the politicians blowing spew left and right. I came across a photo set someone posted I wish I had never seen on FB of animals, it was so sad how the fires moved so fast it couldn't be outran. Totally devastating to nature. It's unnerving how it just seems to be unstoppable and unending. Let us know how it goes man, I'm always checking in to see your updates hoping you get some monsoon rains!
     
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  18. David Lennon

    David Lennon Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 26, 2017
    Always checking in on this post, I hope everyone is ok, or as well as you can be under the circumstances. Complaining about the rain here in Ireland seems wrong when you see this. Best wishes and I hope you get some let up .
     
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  19. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    The fire has been burning in a 'mosaic' pattern. So the wind will come up, the fire will surge through an area, but leave many unburnt patches, interlaced with burnt patches where it continues smoldering, including underground. It will die down, and appear to be gone for a couple of days. But then the wind will come up again and blow it back through the area it was in, and light up the unburnt patches. Then the wind will change again and it will head in a different direction and repeat the pattern.

    I've been watching the monster rattle around the landscape for almost four weeks now. It's around 160,000 hectares in size and still growing. I don't think it will stop doing this 'hit and run' activity until there's heavy rain which may not be for a month or two.

    This is the least relaxing Xmas I've ever had !!
     
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  20. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    BTW that 'plume' photo a few posts ago turned into a 'pyro-cumulo-nimbus' cloud, which is a fire-generated thunderstorm. It produces lightning that then sparks new fires. I couldn't see it even though it was basically over my head because the smoke was so thick.

    Everything was red-black, there was heavy smoke so it was hard to breathe, gusty winds, ash and burned leaves were falling all around, and the whole sky was rumbling and booming but I didn't realise it was thunder. I only worked out what was going on when I read about it online later.

    Here's how close it got to my house

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