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#1 wenchwitch

Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:16 PM

So if you have a fire plan.

And your main evacuation point is to a place that is now declared extreme - wwyd? Second option is to stay in place (well go to the large local shopping centre)  and wait for evacuation call and go to the designated area?

Main evacuation point would involve driving for 200km through national park in a less than stellar car to an area that is also at risk.

So wwyd and is there anyone that could talk through specifics of what is best to do in a a particular situation. Have looked at NSW RFS website and it gives general advice but nothing that is that specific.





#2 qak

Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

Can you call the Bush Fire Information Line 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737)? I am not sure if they are open tonight.

In any case - your current main evacuation point does not sound like a viable choice given the possible conditions tomorrow.  Any chace you can leave tonight?

#3 WhatKatyDid

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

Or can you get up super early in the morning and leave then?

#4 Excentrique Feral

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

You want to head somewhere were there is a decent amount of civilization, and much less national park. How far are you from a place like that?

#5 wenchwitch

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

Sorry just for clarity we are the first option on their fire plan. Which makes sense most of the time but it just happens that we are both in "catastrophic" at the same time. We are heading to a safe place tomorrow but the "risk" for them driving to ours is possibly not worth it. It is hard to weigh up though which is why some specific advice would be really helpful.

I know there are no "failsafe" options and weighing up the risks isn't as straightforward as it may seem sad.gif

No one has a crystal ball which is unfortunate sad.gif


#6 Excentrique Feral

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:15 PM

It would be very bad to be stuck with a broken down car somewhere in a national forest 100km from your destination on a catastrophic fire day. Second option may be better.

#7 MrsShine

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

From your options I'd go local shopping mall & wait from there - clean, public toilets, prob food and water and easy for firefighters to defend in a pinch. Possibly got AC too.

I wouldn't risk the national park in your car - could be a horrible disaster sad.gif

All the best, take care!

#8 *~*Kitty*~*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:14 PM

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 07/01/2013, 11:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It would be very bad to be stuck with a broken down car somewhere in a national forest 100km from your destination on a catastrophic fire day. Second option may be better.


Stuck by yourself as the only adult, with 5 small children



#9 wenchwitch

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

Oooh kitty has a crystal ball. So yee of so much knowledge what shall be done?


#10 *~*Kitty*~*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:23 PM

Um, I think those details are pertinent to the decision making process.  I don't know the area well, how far does she need to drive just get out of a catastrophic zone, is there somewhere closer than you like a mall or a beach in the less dangerous zones???

#11 76 others

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

I received a catastrophic SMS tonight and am now on my sister in laws couch after we evacuated. Our tiny area is surrounded by bush with one road out. Many others in my area are staying until the morning but I didn't want to risk traffic in the morning. I wouldn't have slept tonight and feel much safer my family is here.
Be safe everyone.

#12 76 others

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

Where are you all talking about? I'm south coast NSW and there's no malls here.

#13 wenchwitch

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:38 PM

Yes which is why the dilemma. It's totally pertinent to the decision making at hand I am just trying to work out who you are  original.gif

It's one of the reasons why it isn't so cut and dry and all the info on the rfs doesn't really help with making the best decision. It would be really helpful to run our particular risk minimization strategy through with someone with experience.

I know this is an example of why having a fire emergency plan with lots of options in place is very beneficial but sometimes due to circumstance you really don't know what the best thing to do is even if you have thought it out beforehand. Hence my crystal ball reference original.gif


#14 wenchwitch

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

Gloriosa - south coast yes but Nowra. So 2 roads out and fairly urban with a large shopping complex surrounded by quite extensive concrete parking. The other option is to drive to outter Sydney to a house that is 20m from the bush and is completely surrounded by bush with only one road out that has been hit by bush fires twice inthe last 12 years. Just not sure what to do what with the travel and then getting to a place where they may be at high risk let alone the journey.  My main concern is what happens if they break down en route sad.gif

When they say have a plan that's all good and well but knowing what is the better option is the hard part.

Glad you are safe at your sisters original.gif stay safe original.gif




#15 *~*Kitty*~*

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

Well google maps also shows a "state forest" 2km's from her house.  I would be attempting to leave to the shortest route to a less dangerous area at dawn when it's coolest.  Whilst it would be comforting to be able to go to you, if there's a closer safe spot with strangers, that's where I'd go.


#16 76 others

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

Well my house is in Lake Tabourie which is 10km out of Ulladulla in bushland. Right now I'm in Mollymook so not exactly out of danger as they got the SMS too, but at least I'm not bushland like it is at my house. Feeling safer but not safe iykwim.

Edited by Gloriosa, 07 January 2013 - 11:53 PM.


#17 *~*Kitty*~*

Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:06 AM

Nowra temp has increased 5 degrees in the hour I've been surfing  ohmy.gif

#18 KT1978

Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:21 AM

There's a fire near wandanian, they are telling Sussex to leave in the morning and go to ulladulla.

My dads at conjola but no doubt would paddle a few km out on his surfboard if need be.

Nowra would be fine I'd think. Unless you are out of town.




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