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January 10, 2013           7:12AM

A TASMANIAN family that spent a harrowing three hours clinging to a jetty as “tornadoes of fire” swirled around them have become the face of the bushfire tragedy.

Pictures of Tammy Holmes and her five young grandchildren huddled beneath a Tasmanian jetty as flames roared about them at Dunalley have raced around the internet.

Mother Bonnie Walker had left her five children, aged 2-11, in the care of her parents, Tim and Tammy Holmes, while she attended a funeral in Hobart.

As the fire closed in on the coastal town, cutting off the family’s escape route, Mr and Mrs Holmes had no other choice but to shelter in the water under a jetty with their grandchildren.

“We saw tornadoes of fire just coming across towards us and the next thing we knew everything was on fire, everywhere all around us,” Mr Holmes told the ABC.

Bushfire escape

What the family saw as the fire bore down on them.

“We lost three houses and by that time I had sent Tammy … with the children to get down to the jetty because there was no other escape we couldn’t get off.

“We were relying on the jetty really. And the difficulty was, there was so much smoke and ember and there was only about probably 200mm to 300mm of air above the water. So we were all just heads, water up to our chins just trying to breathe because it was just, the atmosphere was so incredibly toxic.

Bushfire

The fire’s glow creates a red sea as the family takes refuge.

Mr Holmes said the fire raged around them for three hours along the wooded point.

“So everything was on fire and it was just exploding all over the place. Yeah, amazing. Just scorched,” he said.

Boomer Bay

Mrs Walker was cut off from her family as fire cut across roads.

“We just waited by the phone and received a message at 3.30pm to say that mum and dad had evacuated, that they were surrounded by fire, and could we pray,” she said.

Dunalley, Tasmania

“So I braced myself to lose my children and my parents.”

Fortunately, she did not, the decision to shelter in water saving them. Mr Holmes took the pictures and sent them to his daughter to show her her family was safe.

Boomer Bay – Simon Brooks

Pictures of the family huddled terrified under the jetty have gone around the world, with the family becoming the face of the Tasmanian fire tragedy.

The photos have been published on The Guardian and The Telegraph in the UK and the Huffington Post in the US.

Around 90 properties were razed in and around the small fishing town in a blaze that started at Forcett southeast of Hobart and burned 23,000 hectares.

from:  http://www.news.com.au/national/amazing-tale-of-survival-from-tasmanias-bushfires/story-fncynjr2-1226550726787

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Tammy Holmes

21447 863451             45

 

her path of destiny = This is scary.  This is intense.  Common sense.

Five of Cups Tarot card

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Billie Hasett, 9, visits what is left of her school in Dunally, Tasmania.

 

January 08, 2013           5:30PM

There have been other outbreaks at Bathurst, in the central west, with a fire burning near the airport there, and near Wagga Wagga, in the south, where a 870ha fire has broken containment lines.

Bushfires

Helicopter flying over our house to check out the fire at Brogo. Picture: mrs_gillies Source: Twitter

Tasmanian evacuations

Stranded visitors on the Tasman Peninsula cut off by Tasmania’s bushfires are being escorted out of the area by police.

Five convoys, totalling around 395 cars and 750 people, have moved out of the Nubeena area in the past 24 hours.

Resupply convoys of essential supplies have been escorted into the area with the arterial Arthur Highway remaining closed.

Police say around 500 cars and 1500 people remain at Nubeena, on the west coast of the peninsula, which has served as a haven for thousands during the fires.

Further convoys will be organised throughout the day if conditions allow.

“A priority for police is to open the Arthur Highway as soon as possible,” a Tasmania Police statement said.

“It must be remembered that the fire in the area remains active and uncontrolled.

More than 550 houses have been searched and no bodies found despite concerns for around 100 people still unaccounted for.

Tony Abbott on alert

Tony Abbott is on standby with his local fire brigade as NSW nervously awaits the outbreak of new bushfires.

The federal opposition leader flew back from a political engagement in Brisbane on Tuesday morning to join forces with Davidson Rural Fire Brigade, on Sydney’s bushfire-prone north shore.

“I’m now on my way to Sydney to be on standby with my local fire brigade,” Mr Abbott tweeted.

“Important to follow fire warnings and advice today.”

Mr Abbott has been a volunteer with his local brigade since 2000, served as its deputy captain before becoming opposition leader in 2009 and has previously been directly involved with fighting fires.

There were no bushfires reported in the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade’s area.

Prime Minister’s warning

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned Australians to keep safe as a day of extreme fire danger unfolds around the nation.

The Prime Minister said there was good reason to describe the weather conditions as catastrophic.

“We of course are very concerned about these extreme weather conditions in NSW. The word catastrophic is being used for good reason,” she told the Seven Network this morning.

“So it is very important that people keep themselves safe, that they listen to local authorities and local warnings.”

Ms Gillard said she would be getting briefings on the situation in NSW during the day, with a total fire ban across the state.

“Even if you aren’t in a region in any risk this extreme heat is very damaging to human health, so we have got to keep an eye on each other,” she warned.

“We have now for very good system where federal officials, state officials, the defence force, all start collaborating early so when it gets really rough they are already working together.”

However, Ms Gillard said she was hoping for the best.

“I would like to end this day with nothing having happened.”

Ms Gillard, who toured Tasmania’s fire ravaged zones on Monday, said the damage was widespread.

“I saw a lot of devastation… and Tassie was in the same position as NSW a few days ago,” she said.

In NSW, Premier Barry O’Farrell has warned would-be arsonists not to make it even tougher for firefighters.

“The emergency services community’s going to have it tough today, we don’t need to make it tougher by deliberately lighting fires,” he told  Macquarie Radio this morning.

The premier urged people to report suspicious activity and warned fines for lighting fires went up to $100,000 if property was damaged and people could face jail sentences of up to 25 years if someone died.

The premier said police were visiting known arsonists so “those characters know that they’re under observation, they’re not being ignored on a day like this.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service has sent a warning SMS to the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the Southern Ranges regions ahead of a 43C forecast and recommends people escape while they can.

The service said people should leave by morning.

“We are shaping up for one of the worst fire danger days on record,”New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shae Fitzsimmons said this morning.

“You don’t get conditions worse than this, we are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.

“Literally, thousand and thousands of firefighters will be on standby today, the aircraft availability will be up around 100 and they will all be at the ready to deal with any new outbreak of fire.

“We can expect the most extreme of fire behaviour should we see a fire develop and take hold…

“It is shaping up to be a very hot and very long day.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons again urged people in the areas most at risk to get out now.

“Unless someone’s got that crystal ball that can tell us where and when that fire is going to start, we certainly don’t know, the reality is that under those sorts of conditions, if a fire starts and takes hold it will burn extremely aggressively… and we will not be able to contain it.”

NSW Parks and Wildlife rangers have already begun visiting popular campsites amid Tuesday’s closure of the state’s national parks and reserves.

A spokesman said rangers would continue visiting campsites on Tuesday morning, encouraging people to leave.

He said there would be no forced evacuations unless there was a fire emergency.

In Victoria, 

a bushfire in the state’s southwest has almost doubled in size with firefighters working overnight to stop the blaze impacting rural communities.

Around 500 firefighters and 10 aircraft worked to battle the Kentbruck blaze which increased from 4000 to 7050ha overnight, threatening the rural communities of Drik Drik and Dartmoor.

A Country Fire Authority (CFA) spokeswoman said firefighters conducted backburning south of Drik Drik and built containment lines in preparation for a southwesterly wind change expected on Tuesday morning.

“They have been building mineral earth breaks using dozers so they’re ready for it,” she said.

The spokeswoman said Drik Drik was no longer under direct threat from the blaze with warnings downgraded to watch and act.

She said the CFA was closely monitoring northern parts of the state where a severe fire danger rating has been issued in anticipation of searing temperatures.

Total fire bans have been declared in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country and North East districts.

Hottest Days

In the ACT, firefighters are continuing to mop up a forest fire burning in the territory’s south.

The fire is burning close to Mount Ginini in the western region of Namadgi National Park and is under control.

The ACT Rural Fire Service has four units on the scene to fight the 26ha forest fire.

Meanwhile, a helicopter reconnaissance flight will monitor whether there is any fire still burning at Sentry Box and Rendezvous Creek within Namadgi National Park.

A cluster of small fires at Rendezvous Creek was extinguished after the site was water bombed on Monday.

The chopper will use infrared detection equipment to pick up the presence of any hot spots in the areas.

The bushfires were sparked by lightning when a storm hit the capital on Saturday evening.

The alert and warning level for the three fires has been set at ‘advice’.

A total fire ban has been declared for Tuesday in the ACT, with fire danger rated at extreme due to forecast very hot and windy weather.

In South Australia, A string of bushfires continue to burn across north of the state but are not causing concern.

The fires, including some which have been burning since Christmas, are in remote areas and are just being left to burn.

The Country Fire Service says they pose no threat to people or property and are being monitored by satellite.

A number of other fires to the south are contained and are still being monitored by small CFS crews.

They include a fire at Finniss, south of Adelaide, at Penola, in the state’s south-east and at Sevenhill in the Clare Valley.

Milder conditions across much of South Australia on Tuesday eased the fire danger with Adelaide’s forecast top just 31 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects even cooler conditions in the city and in coastal areas of the state on Wednesday.

However, some far north districts continued to swelter with Oodnadatta among the hottest with 43.5C at 11.35am (CDT).

In Tasmania, police and firefighters are conducting a second round of more comprehensive searches for 100 missing people, with a contingent of Victorian police arriving to help.

“It’s vitally important that all people who were in the area at the time, and are OK, self-register their details with the National Registration and Inquiry Service operated by the Red Cross,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Donna Adams said.

“This will enable us to put the minds of concerned family and friends at ease and enable us to prioritise our search activities.”

Some residents on the peninsula have been urged to seek refuge ahead of a renewed threat across the region.

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) says residents in Eagle Hawk Neck, Pirates Bay, Doo Town, Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road should move to the Tasman Civic Centre in Nubeena ahead of “expected fire behaviour”.

Strong wind gusts of between 30-70km/h were expected to sweep across the state’s south between midday and 3pm (AEDT).

Around 40 bushfires continue to burn across the state, with concerns also held for uncontrolled blazes at Montumana in the northwest and Lake Repulse in the Derwent Valley.

from:  http://www.news.com.au/national/bushfire-danger-at-maximum-in-much-of-australia/story-fndo4eg9-1226548178110

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using the number/letter grid:

 

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Billie Hasett

293395 811522              50

 

her path of destiny = Family life.  Social causes.  Environment.  Global (warming).  Natural disasters.

Ten of Cups Tarot card

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January 08, 2013            12:00AM

BUSHFIRES continue across much of Australia as infernal conditions threaten catastrophe.

Tasmania continues to burn, Victoria faces a renewed fire threat and NSW will today wake to its most dangerous fire-risk day on record.

Although one fire near Wagga Wagga had eased by last night, a firefighter has been burned and a tanker destroyed during a blaze at Goulburn.

An emergency alert telephone warning message has been sent to areas in NSW deemed at “catastrophic” fire risk.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has sent a warning SMS to the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the Southern Ranges regions ahead of a 43C forecast and recommends people escape while they can.

The service said people should leave by morning.

NSW Parks and Wildlife rangers have already begun visiting popular campsites amid Tuesday’s closure of the state’s national parks and reserves.

Bushfires

Stock and wildlife, including this poor wallaby in Victoria, have been lost in the fires. Picture: Sam Rosewarne

A spokesman said rangers would continue visiting campsites on Tuesday morning, encouraging people to leave.

He said there would be no forced evacuations unless there was a fire emergency.

In Victoria, a massive bushfire could potentially double in size and hit small farming communities in Victoria’s southwest, as the north of the state faces severe conditions.

There is a threat to lives and property with the southwest Victorian settlement of Drik Drik under direct attack from fire and embers, authorities said on Monday night.

An afternoon wind change swung the 4000-hectare Kentbruck fire on a path to Drik Drik, an agricultural farming area of about 30 houses.

Authorities warned the out-of-control bushfire had the potential to double in size to 8000 hectares in an afternoon with westerly to south-westerly winds of up to 40km/h on Tuesday capable of pushing the fire a significant distance.

Fire services commissioner Craig Lapsley said the immediate concern on Monday night was the Drik Drik area but the key issue would be on Tuesday.

Bushfires

At Dunalley, Tasmania, the local community has been collecting and distributing clothes and other necessities to victims. Picture: Linda Smith

“It will be a fire that will be pushed with winds and we believe that it’s got the potential to move significant distance tomorrow, potentially block the Princes Highway and have further impacts on the rural community around Drik Drik and Dartmoor,” Mr Lapsley said.

Nearly 500 firefighters and a dozen aircraft are battling the blaze, which started on Friday and has mainly burnt through pine plantations.

The Country Fire Authority said there had been no reports of property damage or loss of life by early Monday night, dismissing earlier rumours that at least one home had been hit by the fire.

A spokeswoman said there was still a risk to lives and property.

A number of roads have been closed and most of the 250 residents of nearby Dartmoor have already left the town.

Mr Lapsley warned the next 24 hours would be critical, but he said the Victorian towns of Portland, Nelson, Heywood and Mt Gambier in South Australia were unlikely to be directly affected by the fire.

“We are doing significant planning on the potential of how large it could get, that is not a scenario that we would see at this stage, where those major centres would be impacted by this fire,” he said at the State Control Centre in Melbourne.

Hobart

Clouds from a nearby bushfire are seen over Mount Wellington in Hobart. Photo: Mark Metcalfe

“It would need a significant run of fire that is not predicted, however in this general area it could increase from 4000 to 8000 hectares in size in an afternoon so it has potential to move, but not to move to impact on major centres.”

Mr Lapsley said the main concern on Tuesday was for northern Victoria, which faces yet another day of hot conditions, with total fire bans declared in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country and North East fire districts.

He said there was a severe fire danger stretching along the South Australian border, the Murray River and the NSW border.

Lightning strikes have already sparked blazes in northeastern Victoria and there are also fears that fires across the Murray River in NSW may reach Victoria if they take hold.

Northern parts of the state have experienced several days in a row above 40C.

Hottest Days

In Tasmania, which has already taken the brunt of the first of this year’s major fires, and continues to do so, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has urged Tasmanians to stay vigilant as bushfires continue to burn out of control.

from:  http://www.news.com.au/national/bushfire-danger-at-maximum-in-much-of-australia/story-fndo4eg9-1226548178110

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Craig Lapsle

3      3  7 3  7 

 

his primary challenge and what he likes both = CL = 33 = Courage.  Bravery.  Going into the lion’s den.

Seven of Wands Tarot card

the most important thing he he do (CP) and how he obtains his heart’s desire (CY) both = 37 = Water.  Hydration.

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