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    Suburbs: Beard. Oaks Estate. West Queanbeyan.

    Fire Warning Red. Fire Warning Red. Seek immediate shelter. It is too late to leave.

    Temperature 34C. Wings 55kmh gusting to 100kmh.

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    The damage from yesterday's catastrophic hailstorm is still being repaired, power lines down, and the winds are worsening the damage.

    I'm directly upwind and 15km away, but winds are chaotic.

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    Just heard a C130 water bomber has gone down near Canberra. 3 crew onboard not looking good for any survivors.

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    Can't see gully_raker making it to Canberra, the King's Hwy to the coast is closed again.

    Temp 34C , winds 55kmh gusting to 95kmh. Emergency level out of control fire has closed Canberra airport to all but firefighting aircraft.

    No good news about the Coulson C130, a fireball was observed on impact. All 3 crew were US residents.

  4. #104


    Tough to hear of the C-130 crash.
    RIP to those brave souls.

    Worrisome to see fires bothering Baz again as well.

  5. #105


    Sorry to hear about Kings Highway being closed again. Not good news for Cancon and those hoping to travel there. Not sure Windy and I will make it to Canberra for Cancon tomorrow either if the Airport is closed our flights will be cancelled.

  6. #106


    Now this sucks. Gully_raker is in harm's way.

    UPDATE 6.15pm, January 23. Fire is now directly impacting Moruya township after crossing the river at Yarragee. Streets west of the hospital are under direct attack from the Clyde River fire.

    The fire is moving through the western edges of Moruya and flames are clearly visible from the Moruya Hospital and in the industrial area near the tip.
    Oh yes, posting via Andrew's mobile hotspot. The thunderstorm that came through 30 mins ago only left a few drops of rain,but hzd lots of dry lightning strikes. The very last one took out power in our suburb, As crews are all frantically fixing downed powerlines from yesterday's catastrophic hailstorm and gale force winds, we might not get it back anytime soon.

    Some good news.

    A fire burning in Canberra's south-east is at advice level after earlier forcing the cancellation of most incoming and outgoing flights at the nearby airport.
    Due to the Beard fire the Canberra Airport was closed to arrivals and departures for much of the day, but services resumed for some Qantas flights in the late afternoon.

    In a tweet, the airport said it had not been evacuated, but advised people to contact their airline for updated information.

    By early evening, the advice from the ESA to people in Pialligo and at Brindabella Business Park, near the Canberra Airport, was that they were safe where they were, and should monitor changing conditions.

  7. #107


    Crap. Hope he's OK.

    "He is wise who watches"

  8. #108


    hang in there people. Thinking of you all

  9. #109


    Not good news at all.
    Take care, Baz.

  10. #110


    Oh my, this looks to be a worrisome summer. Hope this good news stays good.

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  12. #112


    As Zoe predicted, it'll get worse again before it finally gets better

    Hope Barry makes it through OK, and all the other residents and firefighters.

  13. #113


    Just put my son Andrew on the plane from Auckland to Melbourne, hope he makes it all the way to cancon!

  14. #114


    Good news - just phoned Gully_raker. He's fine.

    Fire now closer, 3km away, but unlike Canberra they got some good rain last night, and the fire is under control.

    Oddly enough, he was concerned about me, the gales, the destructive hail, the fire closing the airport... while I was really worried about him, they lost a few dwellings in Moruya.

    But we're both safe, for now.

  15. #115


    Great news!
    Thanks for the update.

  16. #116


    Thanks for the update!

  17. #117


    Really good to hear you are both ok.

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  19. #119


    Great news Zoe. Thanks for the updates.

  20. #120


    Wish you all of the best down there.

    Extraordinary bullshxt with those bushfires...
    Voilŗ le soleil d'Austerlitz!

  21. #121


    great news. here's hoping it calms down soon

  22. #122


    Glad you are keeping tabs on one another, Zoe and Baz! I hope the weather cooperates and allows you a respite of sorts for Cancon

    All the best,

  23. #123


    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Brain View Post
    Good news - just phoned Gully_raker. He's fine...But we're both safe, for now.
    Good to hear Zoe, hope it stays that way.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Thanks for letting us know - great news for the both of yuz!

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    Anyone heard anything from Carl-Brisgamer? I hope he's faring well, too, although given his job, I am sure he's quite busy...

    All the best,

  26. #126


    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Brain

    But we're both safe, for now.
    Good to hear-hope you can both, and the people around you both, stay that way.

  27. #127


    Quote Originally Posted by matt56 View Post
    Anyone heard anything from Carl-Brisgamer? I hope he's faring well, too, although given his job, I am sure he's quite busy...

    All the best,
    Hi Matt. I saw a Facebook post from Carl.
    He & his wife are on a cruise to Sydney for the Australia Day celebrations.
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    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    The good news round Canberra - Cancon wasn't affected by the fire near the airport, which has since been extinguished.

    The bad news - a return of hot, windy weather, and a new fire to the south has just gone malignant, spotting to N, E, and S, spreading by 4 ha (over a square mile) every hour. It's moving SE, but this can change, and weather conditions will reach peak danger later today before easing at 9pm. In the longer term, peak danger is on Saturday. It is now at Emergency level.

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    Local radio at

    Thursday's forecast.
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    Scene from Canberra's southernmost suburbs. Still about 10km away.

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    Think I'd want to going away from that, at speed.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Thanks for the Carl Update, Baz! Glad he's out of the way of things for a while...

    As Dave says, Zoe, that's not somewhere I would want to be close to at any time Stay safe as you can!

    All the best,

  33. #133


    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Brain View Post
    Scene from Canberra's southernmost suburbs. Still about 10km away.

    Hell on earth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Hell on earth!
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    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

  35. #135


    I can't imagine having to face that once, let alone having a similar fire risk year after year......

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