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post #31 of 77
Those pictures are terrifying! Stay safe, Leslie. I hope you're out of the area. Bless you all and keep you safe.
post #32 of 77
I just read this! I am so sorry to hear you are going through this! I am glad to hear you are okay, though!! Please stay safe and keep us posted when you can on how you are doing!! You are also in my thoughts and prayers!!!!!!
post #33 of 77
Just checking in and what a horrible chain of events! I've been watching the news and Australia as a whole has been hit so hard over the last couple of months by fire.

I can just imagine how hard it is to breath and how horrible not to know what is going on with the telephone lines down.

Sending you, Pete, and furbabies all the best Leslie!
post #34 of 77
Leslie, I hope you and Pete and your kitty family are still ok. I can't imagine how scary it must be. Sending lots of positive thoughts.
post #35 of 77
Adding more positive thoughts and energy to you both, Leslie and Louise. Fire is so scary, I can't even imagine what you must be feeling with it being so close.

No matter what, remember that things can always be replaced, but lives can't be. Take care of yourselves, your families and your furbabes.
post #36 of 77
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much for your support! We are fine at the moment but the new suburb mentioned below is where Peters parents are! Your kindness and caring has meant so much. I don't know what this new day will bring.

Bushfire ravages another Canberra suburb
Another Canberra suburb is on fire after nearly 400 homes were lost along the western edge of the city yesterday.

The latest fire is in Holt.

Some 380 homes have been lost in Canberra after yesterday's devastating bushfires.

Milder conditions overnight have eased the situation but that is expected to change with a shift in the wind to the north-west later in the day.

Areas expected to be threatened include Fisher and Chapman.

Two people have died in the fires.

Twenty per cent of the city remains without power, and it is not expected to be restored for some time.

Crews are also working around the clock to restore power to a major sewage treatment plant.
post #37 of 77
Thread Starter 
OMG!!!!!!! I am reading through the online news! Our R.S.P.C.A is gone!!!!!!!! All those animals!!! The shelter is totally destroyed! This is a dark day indeed!

Canberra's darkest day
By Peter Clack
Sunday, 19 January 2003

Two people are dead and three more were feared to have perished yesterday in the most devastating fire disaster in Canberra's history. There were unparalleled scenes of chaos in Canberra's suburbs as a massive week-old bushfire finally burst through the city's western perimeter on a 10km front and destroyed up to 100 homes across 19 suburbs and rural settlements.

The suddenness of the onslaught, heralded by billowing clouds of choking black smoke, caught residents by surprise early yesterday afternoon and found fire crews unable to cope.

Police fear for three other people who they believe may have lost their lives when homes collapsed. They were carrying out house-to-house checks last night.

Early accounts of damage have reached $100 million, but police, fire and emergency services, having fought the fires to a standstill yesterday, are bracing themselves for another desperate effort today.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope declared a state of emergency and full powers were transferred under disaster management legislation to Chief Police Officer John Murray. Mr Stanhope called it "total devastation".

Late last night police were evacuating residents in streets in Cook as spreading fires threatened homes in north Canberra.

However, Duffy was the first casualty, losing as many as 40 homes as firefighting resources were overwhelmed by the ferocity of a fire driven on by 40km/h winds and soaring temperatures.

Streets resembled war-time destruction, with houses reduced to smouldering shells, flanked by downed power poles, arcing power lines and wrecked and abandoned cars.

"I know mine's gone. My mate's has gone. All my medals are lost. I've lost my wife and daughter and I can't find them anywhere," Duffy resident Alan Latta said.

As homeowners, neighbours and firefighters fought bravely shoulder to shoulder, a man was arrested for looting in Duffy.

Power and water pressure failures across the city undermined the efforts by 500 firefighters and 100 police, who fought a game rearguard action in more than 40-degree heat, and with visibility reduced to a few metres. Thick smoke haze grounded the fleet of 14 helicopters for most of the day.

Among dozens of horrifying spectacles, the BP service station in Duffy became a fireball, the RSPCA was lost, and TAFE at Weston, the Australian Defence College and Kambah Fire Station were damaged.

Police climbed on to the roof of the police forensic and computer centre at Weston, before the building was saved.

Flaming embers driven ahead by the wind rained fire down on hundreds of houses, igniting parklands and trees, destroying gardens and leaving cars and homes in flames. In other areas, fires were caused by exploding power lines.

Dramatic and desperate individual scenes of bravery unfolded as home-owners, their families and neighbours fought side-by-side in a losing battle to save their homes and possessions from the flames. Many houses disappeared in less than 15 minutes.

Thousands were forced into the streets in shock and disbelief.

Another 30 suburbs were considered at grave risk last night. Dozens more and perhaps hundreds of victims sought medical attention, stretching hospital resources in Canberra.

Four evacuation centres were providing emergency accommodation last night to 2000 families displaced by the inferno.

The Australian Federal Police has called in 75 reinforcements for today to bolster its force of 100, who struggled with yesterday's multitude of evacuations.
post #38 of 77
I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I can't imaging how horrible it was for all of those caged animals at the RSPCA who lost their lives in the fire. And, then to think of so many families burned out of their homes. This is just too horrific for words. My thoughts are with you and with everyone in that part of Australia.
post #39 of 77
Crawling out from the rock I obviously live under, since this is the first I've heard of this.

Prayers coming your way from MD!!!

I can't even begin to contemplate what those poor, precious, innocent souls went through at that RSPCA.
post #40 of 77
Leslie, I pray that Peter's parents are safe and sound, and that no more lives are lost. This is truly a tragedy! There is a possibility, isn't there, that the animals were released or rescued before the RSPCA burned? I'll have to hold on to that hope, because the alternative is unthinkable. Please stay safe. Leave the area if you have to, but stay safe. I don't say that lightly, since we lost almost everything in a fire some years ago. Things can be replaced; you can't.
post #41 of 77
Watching the news on TV, and reading this sends a chill down my spine. I think we need to be praying for everyone affected by this - people and animals (both pets and wildlife).

The magnitude of this is so terrifying, and the damage potential so huge . . . it's difficult to rationalise.
post #42 of 77
Please keep Leslie and Louise, and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers, as the weather conditions in Canberra are worsening this afternoon. The latest figures are 3 people have died and up to 400 houses destroyed.

Stay safe, Leslie and Louise.
post #43 of 77
My thoughts are with you Leslie, along with your family friends and all those being affected.
post #44 of 77
Thread Starter 
Hi Every one! We are still under a heavy blanket of smoke but it is not as bad as it was yesterday! we are to remain alert though! The damage so far is just unbelievable! I can't even begin to grasp what has happened!

I am trying to find out about the RSPCA but know one seems to know the full story. These photos were taken a few minutes ago and as you can see the sun is orange and all around us the visability is poor! you can just make out the hills in one photo! I will tell you more as I find out things! Thanks again for your prayers and support! You have all been so kind to keep us all in your thoughts!

post #45 of 77
Leslie I just wanted to add my continued well wishes for you and your family. I am so glad that everything thus far as been alright for you and your loved ones. Though the news is just horrible about all of the other homes and the SPCA of all places - just awful! Thank you for keeping us updated here, it's one thing to watch these types of disasters on tv, and quite another to "know" someone who is going through them. Brings it all home so to speak. Stay safe.
post #46 of 77
I'm glad to hear you're still ok Leslie!
We are still ok as well.
Sending good wishes out to Pete's family and hoping they're ok.
Yass is covered in a blanket of smoke but otherwise we haven't been told of any immediate threat.
The wind did change direction earlier today which would be sending the fire back towards us again, but they said it's not as strong as yesterday and they've got about 50 trucks battling it.
At this stage they haven't told us to be on alert yet.
That's terrible news about the RSPCA
I was worried about it being near the fires because it was in Weston but I could not find out any info. I hope they managed to get the animals out of there
Please continue to take care and keep us posted.
post #47 of 77
I hope the situation improves soon.
post #48 of 77

Love the kitty pictures in your signature by the way...they're all beautiful
post #49 of 77
we may be a permanent terrorist target in NY, but we're fairly protected from the wrath of Mother Nature, like tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods etc etc
The western US has astonishing fires from time to time. Last year was very bad. They actually discovered that one of the fires had been started by fire ranger .

The pictures of the black skies are very scary.
post #50 of 77
Bundylee, I am so very very sorry to hear about the animal shelter!!! I hope and pray some of them somehow made it out!!! I am also praying for the families who have lost their loved ones and for the ones who are still missing! Keep us posted! I'm glad you are still safe and hope Peter's parents are okay as well!!
post #51 of 77
Continued thoughts and hope and love being send to you guys, Leslie and Louise. Thank you to both of you for keeping us updated.

Lucia, I live in a western suburb of Denver so I was pretty close to the Hayman Fire (totalling 137,000 acres burned) which was the one that the forest ranger started. I was probably a good 30 miles from the fire, but those pictures that Leslie posted look exactly like the bad days of Hayman although she's much, much closer to the fire. What you can't post pictures of is the burning in your lungs and eyes, the "dirty" feeling about everything because everything is covered in ash and soot. You can't post the real fear of something that big and powerful that people have absolutely no control over, and just being at the whim of the wind. Yet in all that fear, there is almost always a compassion of the human spirit that goes out to help those less fortunate than you. The same compassion shown after 9/11.
post #52 of 77
Keep safe, Bundy. If it looks like its getting too close, pack up the fuzzies and get out of there!
post #53 of 77
Leslie - this is the first I've been on-line in a couple of days, but please know you've been in my prayers! We heard the news, and I immediately thought of you. I sure hope Pete's family is OK.

Louise - didn't know you were in the affected area.

Our prayers going out to both of you and your families!!!!!!

Most importantly - BE SAFE!!!!!
post #54 of 77
Stay safe Louise and Leslie! Glad to hear you're ok for now. I was very sad to hear about the other houses and RSPCA. I hope you and your families continue to be ok.

Lucia, I feel the same way about living in the northeast. Lancaster is hardly New York, but I feel pretty secure from things like floods, tornadoes, and everything else, too.
post #55 of 77
Glad to hear things are still OK. I watched the news last night. It's just such a devastating sight. They were showing people trying to save their homes by using garden hoses. I felt so sad...and helpless.

The worst thing we have ever been through out my way was the Ice Storm '98. I will NEVER forget that. We went 19 days without hydro, water, phone (thank God, I had a cell phone that worked). The year prior to that, we had installed a wood stove. Did not listen to our friends mock us and say it was a crazy idea and too much work. So glad we did it. That in itself was the one reason I was able to stay home (and warm).

Leslie, Louise and everyone else affected by this, you are in my prayers and thoughts.
post #56 of 77
Please be careful.....!!!
post #57 of 77
Leslie and Louise,

I'm so glad to hear that you are all doing OK. Y'all are still in my thoughts. Big hugs to both of you! And kitty purrs from Ivo, too.

post #58 of 77
We are still ok and I've found out some news about the RSPCA.
A lady that I work with is a volunteer fire fighter so I asked her if she knew anything about the situation with the RSPCA.
The RSPCA was not completely lost but they did lose a house, admin building and some other buildings.
The majority of the animals were evacuated but they did lose some cats and birds.
They moved a lot of the animals to the nearby National Zoo & Aquarium as it was the closest place with cages that they could use.
So that is some good news that most animals are safe with only a small number being lost.
post #59 of 77
How brave those people were to rescue the animals! I'm so grateful there are people like that in this world. It's sad that anyone or any animal got hurt in this terrible fire, but thank God many were saved.
post #60 of 77
I'm so glad to hear that most of the animals were evacuated!!! And Louise, you stay safe, too!!!! Your family and Bundy's are still in my thoughts and prayers.
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