BUSH FIRE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING

BUSH FIRE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING

Bush fire season is almost upon us, just at the moment the Rural Fire Service is doing hazard reduction burns all over Australia.  I've been smelling the bush fire all afternoon, when I smell this smell in Spring, Summer or Autumn I check the RFS web sight just to put my mind at rest, slightly paranoid it may seem but I'm surrounded by Eucalyptus trees, massive one's in my back yard 2 of which over hang my house.

The photo I've posted is from the front yard, it doesn't show the extent of the trees, the under brush or how dry it all is.  Eucalyptus trees (we call them Gums) have oil in their leaves and they burn fiercely and easily, great when you put seasoned gums in your winter fire, however not wanted in bush fire season.  I spend many hours each week raking up leaves from these trees to reduce my risk of fire I even get up on the roof and use the leaf blower to keep the gutters and roof clear.

 

The fire I can smell is a hazard reduction fire, under control, but until I know this all my fears about bush fires come back.

 

from the lady that

"downsized to a bigger home"

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Comments (22)

  1. Walkaboutman

    I feel you. The bush is about 50 meters from my place,I’m in the fire zone here so insurance is higher. There was a major fire here a couple of years ago and we had to evacuate. Don’t want that again. I can only afford house insurance but we need content insurance badly.

    November 03, 2016
    1. sharnsgarden

      We recently had a caravan and car written off by NRMA Insurance due to a council owned tree in the council owned reserve opposite me, the NRMA cancelled my house and contents insurance, I’ve managed to reinsure my house and content, but at a greater cost to me,
      I hear you.

      November 05, 2016
      1. Walkaboutman

        That suxs big time

        November 05, 2016
      2. Walkaboutman

        I had the same thing happen to my car,tree fell on it and I was with cgu or something. They said act of god,council said so sad to bad. I lost my car and my daughter and I was in it when it happened. At least we escaped with our lives.

        November 05, 2016
        1. sharnsgarden

          Walkabout the thing that astounded me was the caravan and car were my partners not mine and actually insured at a different address than mine although the damage was at my house, the NRMA paid out on the car and caravan the only thing I had insured with the NRMA was the house and contents and they declined to reinsure my house and contents on renewal.
          The damage that tree and it was a very, very big tree would have done to my house if the car and caravan weren’t there would have been astronomical as it’s all down hill.
          I don’t flood as I live on the side of a hill yet I pay flood insurance levies for all those people who live in flood areas, go figure, I can’t figure it out

          November 06, 2016
          1. Walkaboutman

            Its all red tape and b.s any chance they have not to pay they will take. We have bush fires everywhere around here,only a matter of time before one hits here and we will have to evacuate again.

            November 06, 2016
  2. Bettymom

    What a terrifying prospect. I don’t blame you for being so worried.

    November 03, 2016
    1. sharnsgarden

      Betty I do everything within my power to keep myself safe from bush fires, yet over the years I’ve been caught out a number of times. It’s always been either Council or a neighbor who has let me down, these days I do everything I can possibly do to protect me. Bush fires are something that we that live in high fire danger area’s live with and try to prepare for.

      November 05, 2016
      1. Bettymom

        Sounds extremely stressful to me – worse than getting through the hurricane season every year when we lived in Texas!

        November 05, 2016
        1. sharnsgarden

          We have a lot of mild seasons when there is no bush fire danger, I have a brick house, I have gutter guard which means if I get rid of the leaves on my roof before they start to compost I have no worries. The most important thing I have done is have have 20,000 liters of water tank water that all have solar pumps if the power goes out because of bush fire I still am able to place sprinklers on my roof Paranoia I know, but it’s part and parcel of me knowing I’m safe.

          November 06, 2016
          1. Bettymom

            Hey, that doesn’t sound in the least paranoid to me. All sounds imminently sensible. When my kids were little eons ago, the house behind us caught fire and embers were blowing all over my roof. I got out the stepladder and climbed onto the top rung (where you aren’t supposed to stand) with the garden hose and sprayed my roof for over an hour! That’s as close as I’ve ever come to having a house fire, and it was terrifying!

            November 06, 2016
            1. sharnsgarden

              Unfortunately lots and lots of Aussie live with this, some where blinkers and others prepare. When the blinkered minority have their house burn down. those same people don’t take responsibility for the next door neighbours house where everything was taken into consideration to protect their house, you really have to take the bad with the good,

              November 06, 2016
  3. noahbody

    How frightening.

    November 03, 2016
    1. sharnsgarden

      Noah. it’s something I live with and have lived with for about 40 years, but where I live now my local authority seem’s to find it easier to ignore it than to address it.

      November 05, 2016
      1. noahbody

        That is sad and scary. BTW… I am Tony. Noahbody is just my screen name.

        November 05, 2016
      2. noahbody

        That is sad and scary. BTW… I am Tony. Noahbody is just my screen name.

        November 05, 2016
        1. sharnsgarden

          Tony I know your Tony it just slipped my mind. Maybe too many white wines last night!
          I’ve lived with bush fires all my life the only time I’ve every been in real danger is due to neighbours who don’t think ahead or just don’t think that we are surrounded by bush or understand that it only takes one spot fire to ignite the leaf litter that is all around.

          November 06, 2016
          1. noahbody

            It is a dangerous way to live. Stay safe. God bless.

            November 06, 2016
  4. scarletts_letters

    I had a friend loose a house in the Flowerdale fires, and when I was living in central Vic I was paranoid about fires, when that hot northerly blows and its +40c its scary. Stay safe and keep those gutters clear!

    November 03, 2016
    1. sharnsgarden

      Gutters are regularly cleared, haven’t lost a house but have had spot fires a couple of times over the years, I always seem to pick high fire areas, maybe it’s because I like gum trees

      November 05, 2016
      1. sharnsgarden

        I’ve been watching it, knowing it’s in the area you live. Good Luck. Let me know if you escape it.

        November 06, 2016
        1. scarletts_letters

          They are beautiful aren’t they? And the smell of them is nice too. I moved back to the city the year before last, I’m at uni now and living in St Kilda, I do want to move to Carlton though, it’s closer to uni. I miss the country though, it was very pretty out there, and quiet. Good to see you back lady

          November 16, 2016