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Bush Fire Season Down Under

G'day Guys,

While many of you in the North have gone through the Arctic Blast and had a slightly 'cold snap' Brrrrrrrrrr, we in the South - Down Under 'south' that is, Have had biggest heat wave in over 100 years and fires to go with.

Down here those who fight bushfires on the ground are largely unpaid volunteers such as my self. This fire was in NSW, one of 91 fires so I am told and it had a containment perimeter of some 50 miles/80 km

Nice and clean before I left the local station, we had a 300km drive to the fire front being called in as an out of zone strike team, 32 members and about 12 vehicles

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the pin drop is about the centre of the fires we were fighting. Our team did the southern and western flank predominantly

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here is some of the backburning from the first night, this is only backburning ... it is not the front or significant fire

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and this is most of the trucks from our crew but there were many others in the area

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On ya! That's some scary stuff there Dave. I hope y'all return safe and sound. You are a braver man than I.

I went to Australia back in early 2009 to train for my current job. I stayed in Sydney and commuted to the factory each day down in Ingleburn. During my 14.5 hour flight back to the states, I sat next to a fireman from California. He told me that large groups of them were being sent over a few weeks at a time to help fight the huge brush fires I had no idea were going on the whole time I was there!

My boss grew up in NSW and has tons of stories about the brush fires out in the country that are hard to believe. Didn't y'all have some extreme flooding a year or two ago as well?

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You all be careful down there - want you to be able to keep drinking from that special mug! Stay safe.......

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You all be careful down there - want you to be able to keep drinking from that special mug! Stay safe.......
Still drinking out the mug Bush Fire Season Down Under-image-226902859.jpg I think this was after our first night shift of 14 hours

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Stay safe Dave and hope y'all get it contained good .
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Check out the guy in the flames


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Thanks ray.

I'm home now. We are about to enter another heat wave here. Possibly will get called out in the coming week.

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Hi Dave,

Fighting fires is scary business. My hat is off to you and your mates.
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Cool pic, but very scary.
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With the containment lines we were backburning and trying to burn all ground fuel without lighting up the big trees. That meant we had to save the big trees when the fire from backburning got into them

Like this .....

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We actually managed to save these ones much to everyones surprise

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Very cool. Good work. Firefighter, woodturner, photographer, mugholder extraordinaire.
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Wow!!!! Dave, that's pretty scary out there.
I commend you for your bravery. It's gotta be tough out there. Stay safe.

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I am home safe and sound now, enjoying a week of over 100 F (ok maybe enjoying is not the word)

As far as firefighting is concerned this last one was a good experience in that we were able to be effective in what we were doing and kept busy. Many were able to gain new experience which will make us better at we do for future fires.

On the last night we had an adrenaline rush .....

There we were poised at the top of a hill with the fire across the valley below. We had backburned a good 100 - 200 foot line and even deeper in places. As we were 'blacking' out what remained the glow over the tree canopy suddenly got bigger. Then the flames were shooting right up above the trees and this was less than 1/2 a mile away in the bottom of the valley heading towards us.

It caused a few nervous moments for some and the radios came to life with chatter all over our particular section. Whatever, why ever, where ever ... it died down and remained contained.

I dont consider myself unusually brave - I just do what I can

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