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Victoria Range - Red Rock Rd Update
kieranl
20/02/2013
12:24:18 PM
Here's the map of the fire as at 9am. There's that one long finger poking up to the North-west across the Cave of Hands area into the pine forest. That's going to be a real bugger when the wind swings back to the south-west.
Further south it's shown as stopping about the top of the range but I would expect it to have advanced a lot this morning. The smoke plume that was covering horsham yesterday this morning was blowing out west of Natimuk.
Summary : not good.

*edit* No rain forecast for next 7 days, just a shower or two.

http://osom.cfa.vic.gov.au/public/osom/attachments/1331421716/Victoria%20Valley%20Complex%209am%20Wed.pdf
Access T CliffCare
20/02/2013
12:59:29 PM
On 20/02/2013 kieranl wrote:
>Here's the map of the fire as at 9am. There's that one long finger poking
>up to the North-west across the Cave of Hands area into the pine forest.
>That's going to be a real bugger when the wind swings back to the south-west.
>Further south it's shown as stopping about the top of the range but I
>would expect it to have advanced a lot this morning. The smoke plume that
>was covering horsham yesterday this morning was blowing out west of Natimuk.
>Summary : not good.
>
>*edit* No rain forecast for next 7 days, just a shower or two.
>
>http://osom.cfa.vic.gov.au/public/osom/attachments/1331421716/Victoria%20Valley%20Complex
>209am%20Wed.pdf
Great work with the regular updating Kieran. As you noted - not looking good.
gnarly_rider
21/02/2013
8:45:02 AM
As of 3am this morning, forecast is for a northerley change in the winds today:

http://osom.cfa.vic.gov.au/public/osom/attachments/1332793588/20130221_0300_Grampians_VictoriaValley_PublicInfo_A4.pdf

"A northerly wind change, coupled with 33 degree heat, expected on Thursday is expected to fan the inferno towards the farming communities of Woohlpooer, Glenisla and Mooralla, which are all located along the Henty Highway, south-west of the Grampians."


ajfclark
21/02/2013
8:56:41 AM
Also, The Henty Highway is Closed between Horsham and Cavendish. Traffic management is in place Cherrypool and Mooralla.
kieranl
21/02/2013
8:57:48 PM
Got my first SMS warning, presumably because the tower at Arapiles serves areas down towards Cherrypool and Gelnisla. Natimuk is still a long way from the fires.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
21/02/2013
9:04:53 PM
On 21/02/2013 kieranl wrote:
>Got my first SMS warning, (snip)

Did they send it to the right kieranl?
;-)

Serious now. You did well to get one, as some of the feedback regarding fires up this way, was that the sms warning system was quite hit and miss in it's effectiveness, and this irrespective of whether the mobile reception was good/poor/nonexistent!
~> I hope your experience is indicative of an improved system generally.

Zebedee
21/02/2013
10:16:39 PM
On 21/02/2013 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>On 21/02/2013 kieranl wrote:
>>Got my first SMS warning, (snip)

>Serious now. You did well to get one, as some of the feedback regarding
>fires up this way, was that the sms warning system was quite hit and miss
>in it's effectiveness, and this irrespective of whether the mobile reception
>was good/poor/nonexistent!
>~> I hope your experience is indicative of an improved system ge.
nerally.
Pretty much got a spray wide up here towers few and far between. I guess they prefer a few irrelevant warnings rather than miss a few citizens who then become toast

Eduardo Slabofvic
21/02/2013
11:20:48 PM
On 21/02/2013 Zebedee wrote:
>
>Pretty much got a spray wide up here towers few and far between. I guess
>they prefer a few irrelevant warnings rather than miss a few citizens who
> then become toast

I prefer tandoori.

Some juicy, succulent, tandoori boulderer, with some yogurt dipping sauce.

ajfclark
22/02/2013
9:11:10 AM
They realised they had the highway closure arse about.

The Henty Highway is Closed between Cherrypool and Mooralla. There's traffic management in place at Horsham and Cavendish.
Access T CliffCare
22/02/2013
11:27:45 AM
From some information I have just received, it looks like the Red Rocks climbing area is unfortunately in the fires path now
Fizz
22/02/2013
12:29:14 PM
Thought it already had ?

http://osom.dse.vic.gov.au/public/osom/attachments/1334725774/20130221_0500_Grampians_VictoriaValley_PublicInfo.pdf

Taken last night Reeds Lookout

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=606648142694213&set=a.462478470444515.123549.460109630681399&type=1&theater

Lynton's other photos of fire are mindblowing. Going to be a hell of a mess in buandik and surrounds when this is over!
Fizz
22/02/2013
1:24:27 PM
Not sure if these FB links work?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=537601779595045&set=a.537601719595051.121247.100000356820642&type=1&theater

ajfclark
22/02/2013
1:38:06 PM
For those that don't have FB accounts, here's the first one from Fizz's post:


From Reeds Lookout 21/2/13 :(

Second one:

kieranl
22/02/2013
1:41:00 PM
Yep they work fine Fizz for people on farcebook. Very impressive.
Sadly it looks like none of the range north of Chimney-Pot gap has escaped. Hopefully there'll be patches that escape. It looks like some of the steep valleys down the southern end might have avoided the worst, with the fire tracking down the ridges. Just have to wait and see.
Couldn't believe yesterday afternoon hearing that there were fisherdudes camped at Hynes campground calling CFA for advice. Had these guys just been too busy sinking tinnies for the last few days to see what was blowing towards them?
One Day Hero
22/02/2013
1:52:58 PM
Pretty sure that bright diagonal streak in the last photo is where Muline lives
robin
22/02/2013
3:32:58 PM
Just got back from the Grampians yesterday. I wont speculate on what has and what hasn't been burnt but fair to say a lot of climbing areas will be affected. Photos below of the Chimney Pots and the Gilhams area.




ajfclark
24/02/2013
8:03:29 AM
:-(

Wish they'd pick a time and filename format and stick to it: Map Vic Valley 8am 22 Feb
Access T CliffCare
24/02/2013
11:27:45 AM
New updated newsletter in this morning. see here http://cliffcare.org.au/2013/02/20/grampians-fire-updates-victoria-range-closed/

cheers,
Tracey

ajfclark
25/02/2013
11:16:01 AM
Updated map with a little more detail than some of the previous ones: http://osom.dse.vic.gov.au/public/osom/attachments/1340263112/Grampians-%20Victoria%20Valley%20Complex%2025%20Feb.pdf

ajfclark
25/02/2013
2:46:29 PM
Henty Highway (A200): Traffic Alert Fire
Road has now been reopened Speed restriction in place over 400mts near Mooralla Golf Club and over 6kms at Glenisla, this is due to Emergency Services Vehicles operating in the area.Drivers are advised to drive carefully through these areas.
Started: 20/02/2013 6:11pm
Updated at: 25/02/2013 6:56am

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