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Timbarra Bush Fire Near Buchan Vic 23 Sept 2017

Discussion in 'Camping Areas' started by rogerazz, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. rogerazz

    rogerazz 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Just a warning to be prepared for fire outbreaks when camping in the bush from now. Be sure to have a fire evacuation plan, carry your fire safety equipment and have a radio handy. This video is quite confronting and shows that once an emergency arises anything may happen. Spending time packing up could be the difference between life and death.
    Those of us who will be camping west of there at O'Tooles maybe should do more research when time draws near. Fires already bad in NSW and looks like Vic. is hotting up. Maybe fire bans up there might be the go as in NSW.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
  2. GaryM

    GaryM Well-Known Member

    Its dry up here (Qld) too. Would I be right in assuming its very dry down south?
     
  3. smitty_r51

    smitty_r51 Well-Known Member

    Very confronting. We were camped down south nsw this weekend, checked the rfs and weather sites on the way in, talked to the ranger saturday morning, got the lstest reports from her but after that we could get not updates on anything, local radio wouldnt pick up, no phone signal and a 10km single lane track to get out...makes you wonder how you can get the info you need and prepare. Had we taken our original plan we would have been in nowra :|
     
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  4. Outrage

    Outrage 4x4 Earth Contributer

    With the wind front from fires, only one tree down, that situation could just as well have 50 trees down. That 10 minute drive out of camp can soon take hours...good reminder thanks Rog.
     
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  5. smitty_r51

    smitty_r51 Well-Known Member

    I have to ask, fire and smoke is close enough to affect breathing and eyesight, why do you pack up camp and hitch the trailer and not just get the f out of there.

    Would think the ute without the trailer is a better bet, more manoureable, less vhance of getting wedged or if you have to turn around?
     
  6. rogerazz

    rogerazz 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Camped in the bush when a big wind storm came in. No warning and stood by our tents with four kids. trees coming down everywhere, could not get out. Second time it happened heard it on the radio and hightailed it to pub at nearest town. Left everything behind.
    I agree with you, however people do strange things when in a panic mode.
     
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  7. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Yea about the only way really is sat phone or HF radio!
     
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  8. rogerazz

    rogerazz 4x4 Earth Contributer

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