State of emergency in my city due to Bush fires

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by gearobsessed, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    A State of emergency is declared in my city. Evacuations and such... Bush fires escalating quickly. I took this photo from the roof of the garage.
    My city is very unlucky. Only just getting our city back after years of earthquakes, now the city is burning.
    I watched a house get engulfed in flames as I stood and had a beer on the roof. Then I got the hell out of there. Madness. IMG_20170215_164240.jpg
  2. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

    Mar 31, 2015
    Monroe WA
    Good lord!

    Give us an update as soon as you are safe.
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  3. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    So sorry to hear this.

    May your home stay safe. And indeed, may the city as a whole be spared all this.

    Btw, apart from the ugliness of the situation.. what a lovely view. Hope you are back to it soon with clear blue skies!

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  4. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Thanks Don.
    I live in a beautiful city. Coastal Pacific beaches and surrounded by hills and mountains. Our cbd has taken 6 years to rebuild earthquakes damage, and it's still a long way off.
    A secret service trained helicopter pilot has just lost his life in the efforts of fighting the fires. He emptied a load of water and a freak wind gust took him down. If a sas trained pilot couldn't survive it, no one can. I'm sure it's only delayed the chopper teams. It took 3 days of escalation for a state of emergency to be declared and the military to step in.
    There are a lot of folks here that could use your thoughts and prayers, including my sister and her household, and my cousin who lives on the hill. She can't get anywhere near her house, and it's dangerously close to the fire.
  5. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
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  6. jackdragbean

    jackdragbean Squier-holic

    Nov 16, 2011
    You guys really need to start calling for prescribed burning by the state, local, and federal agencies. Those ecosystems are pyric in nature meaning they are actually adapted to and requires fire. Prescribed burning done in 5 year intervals will drastically reduce wildfires by reducing the duff layers that build over time.
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  7. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Nz really isn't prepared for this kind of fire, mainly because it doesn't happen. This is the first time I've ever seen a Bush fire get out of control in NZ, really took us by surprise. This is probably the dryest summer we've had in a long time.
    I've only seen one other fire up north, and it was contained and extinguished within 24 hours.
    I think it doesn't help that our emergency services were preoccupied 4 hours north where recent earthquakes have destroyed state highway one.
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  8. TomL

    TomL Squier-Nut

    Take care man. Get safe and stay safe.
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  9. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Very sorry to hear about this. From the aerial shot, you can see how close it is to the ocean. I hope local and regional resources can be brought it to fight it before too many home and businesses are affected. Good luck to you and all your neighbors.
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  10. mb doug

    mb doug Squier-holic

    Jan 4, 2012
    Long Island
    Stay safe buddy
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  11. five teles

    five teles Squier-Nut

    Oct 27, 2014
    shoals alabama
    Stay safe, Prayers for all involved.
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  12. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

    Jan 26, 2015
    Five Points, AL
    Take care of you and yours and stay safe.
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  13. Big tuna

    Big tuna Squier-holic

    May 6, 2014
    east Tn
    After the fires we had in the Gatlinburg and smoky mtns this fall i have a whole new respect for brush fires. Good luck and hope they get it controlled quickly.
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  14. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    Looks like it's been fairly contained by now. Was a hell of a windy day, but they must have managed to contain it before the wind picked up. Almost 2000 hectares of black hill :(
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  15. eaglesgift

    eaglesgift Squier-Meister

    Apr 18, 2014
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July.....Name that song!

    Glad you are safe gearobsessed, sounded like a frightening situation.
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  16. radiotech

    radiotech Squier-holic

    Apr 23, 2014

    That above shot looks like Mt St Helens pics.

    Glad it's been contained.
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  17. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Meister

    yeah, the Gatlinburg fire.....there were a bunch of fires, one not too far from my house, actually (we live at the eastern edge of Maryville off of Sevierville Road) ...I was driving home from work one morning on 321, and saw a huge plume of smoke off towards the mountains, thought a plane had crashed, or something....guess that was the start of it in our area, but we had it made compared to G-burg, they got slammed, unfortunately
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  18. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    This fire got within 100m of subdivisions that could have been disastrous. The fire fighters are heroes without capes for sure. They without a doubt saved hundreds of houses and lives.
    Looks to be extinguished and a drop in temp and a couple rain drops would be doing a lot of good.
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  19. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    Glad to hear that. Hope give us another update when you can
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  20. gearobsessed

    gearobsessed Squier-holic

    Aug 21, 2013
    new zealand
    We had a good 8 hours of rain today. Fire is out. They think the 3 separate fires were arson, quite possibly connected. I can't find the words to describe the type.
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