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    Default CATASTROPHIC FIRE WARNING for SA

    hi all in case you havent heard there is a catastrophic fire warning for people living in SA. the areas of concern are flinders and north west pastoral districs and northern prts of the state. 11 schools will be closed... be on the look out for anything that could start fires, ie glass on the ground and get out if there is a fire.. we were in the kilmore/ king lake fire and trust me its not worth staying....Good luck all you South Australians

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    Not a good day for SA. Hope it doesn't happen but if it does, hope any SA members are safe and well.
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    ohh i read that online @ 9msn news..

    I soo hope fires don't start up in SA or any other state & hope everyone stays safe if fires do breakout.

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    I also hope all will be well. Hubby is in rural fire brigade and was called to the huge victorian ones. They are frightening.

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    yup we got evacuated, from the kilmore one, thought our place was a goner for sure then the wind changed and wipped out king lake wish it had come through our way less people would have died because its farmland not forest like kinglake...lost a few people i know and a few lost their houses

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    It is supposed to be 45 here tomorrow, gawd. Am so glad you and your property were unharmed in the fire.

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    CFS :: Home

    Is the website with all the good info.

    The worst thing is that if they declare the Adelaide Hills "catastrophic" where does everybody go? Lots of people up there are there because homes are cheaper and they often have lots of pets. I swear for those days, our councils and state goverments should be getting together and letting people camp in our parklands and on our sports ovals and beaches. And providing bus services to get people out. Including buses that will take animals.

    And ideally we should be building fire shelters in the major centres, so people don't have to try to get down the hills face on the very inadequate roads. Our government, in conjuction with our CFS and weather bureau (but not the state emergency service) are telling us what the fire danger is, but doing NOTHING to facilitate the evacuations they recommend. They're closing schools but not every parent knows, there were some conflicting notices about the school at Booleroo centre this morning, so there actually were teachers there to turn away parents - everybody is in danger if there is a fire. And the government also have the hide to say "it's up to the parents what they do".

    I remember the ash wednesday fires in SA. The people in the most danger were the ones who got in their cars - too late - and tried to out run the fire, or return to their homes to fight the fires.

    Canberra wasn't a whole lot better. The fire hit the suburbs. There was no water, no power, no phones, the mobile towers got burnt, no mobile phones and the first place to go "incommunicado" was the emergency headquarters - where the fire fight was supposed to be co-ordinated. They couldn't do it. The radio stations - just like in Victoria were not kept up to date with useful information.

    I'm scared that some fire will break out and people will try to leave and die in their cars. You're safest - somewhere else like the centre of a big city (not Canberra - black mountain is too close), next safest in your house, and less safe in your car and least safe outside.

    They can only close the schools with a couple of days notice, but we've had quite a few days where the forecast and the weather that we get are two different things.

    Our radio stations have been quite good about passing on the information. Our TV news, out of Sydney, I guess, hasn't mentioned it.

    I think our governments should make it super easy to leave when they recommend by providing transport and a place to go. For people, their children, and their pets. Though I guess it would be a bit hard to evacuate whole flocks of sheep and cattle.

    PS - when the day is "catastrophic" - fires will cross open paddocks with nothing but dirt in them. And pine trees and gum trees will explode. The worst place is in a pine forest, but open dirt paddocks are not safe either.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 11-18-2009 at 03:20 PM.

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    Hi Laura
    Thanks for your post. Very kind of you
    Yep it's a stinker here and 43c tomorrow. I tried not to whinge, but it's really making me moody.
    It is pretty scary too, I have friends with a property in the Adelaide Hills, so can't help but worry whenever there's a heatwave.
    I'm also only a few kms away from the foothills.
    Lets hope that there'll be no fires and that it cools down soon.

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    Melbournes only getting to 36.
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