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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Overlandman » Fri 11 Jan, 2019 12:11 pm

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby doogs » Fri 11 Jan, 2019 8:12 pm

Sentinel is showing hotspots from a distance but not when zoomed in..
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Fri 11 Jan, 2019 8:52 pm

I would try clearing the cache on your phone/tablet - they look to be remnants from yesterday...or older

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby iaindtiler » Sat 12 Jan, 2019 4:57 pm

Some steady rain this morning in the south west. Only real smoke appeared to be coming from the Gordon range
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Rabid K9 » Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:47 pm

From the TFS website:

"Community Information:
The fire at Gell River in Southwest Tasmania continues to burn. Reduced smoke over the fire ground has revealed areas of unburnt vegetation. The current size of the fire is estimated at 19,900 hectares in size.

The fire is approximately 20km northwest of Maydena township. The southern fire edge is approximately 7km north of Adamsfield.

Resources currently deployed to the Gell River bushfire include 100 personnel and 9 aircraft. Tasmanian fire crews are being assisted by 30 specialists from the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Firefighters will continue firefighting efforts on the north eastern edge, and the southern edge north of the Gordon Gorge."


Hoping things stay reasonably contained next couple of hot days. At this stage, looks like a decent wet system next weekend, hopefully wet enough to really mop things up.
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Mon 14 Jan, 2019 7:21 am

There was a good cloud free Sentinel image came through yesterday showing almost no boundary change.

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Mon 14 Jan, 2019 3:15 pm

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby myrtlegirl » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 7:53 am

Has it been confirmed that Gordonvale has or has not burnt, or is that info not known yet?
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 9:17 am

It appears parts of Gordonvale have been burnt but not all the area

Tasmanian Land Conservancy may have more details if they have been in contact with the fire Incident Management Team

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 1:27 pm

For information only - lightning strikes in the last 24 hours

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Buttongrassrambler » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 7:42 pm

Seems as if a few more strikes have occurred on the western Arthur (promontory lake) and frankland ranges as well as the precipitous bluff region causing new fires. Are these common and likely to self extinguish or, will they, under the current conditions pose a similar situation to the Gell River Fire, thus impacting more precious regions of the TWWHA?, if so, then this summers shaping up as one of many losses....
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Grindelwalddave » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 8:17 pm

Trying to look for positives here but has the intensity of the fire been at a level that it will be easier for some of the burnt areas to recover?
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 8:31 pm

The buttongrass will probably carry a fire again in 12 - 18 months, other veg will take a bit longer to recover and some alpine species will take decades, others maybe never. All part of the cycle of life.
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby stepbystep » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 8:31 pm

http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colGMapBushfires

Fires listed at The Lion - Frankland Range and at Lake Promontory - Western Arthurs. This is beyond f*cked. Precipitous Bluff - Southern Ranges...nooo...near Dixons Kingdom...Can climate change happen somewhere else please :'-( ... I'm hoping we don't need a thread for other fires this year.
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 8:48 pm

Not surprising with the lightning map - its in overload!

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Buttongrassrambler » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 9:10 pm

Likely to eventuate into anything serious?, have seen these conditions replicated before without substantial consequences...
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Tue 15 Jan, 2019 9:26 pm

Already quite a few fires reported - lightning came through my place with very little rain afterwards

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 7:22 am

Hot spots on The Druids, just east of Mt Anne, as well as the upper Huon just before the Anne River junction.

Looks like the Gordon Gorge area has flared up and the fire near the Pine River seems to be moving quite quickly.

Hasn't picked up anything at Precipitous Bluff, WAs, WoJ or Frankland Range. Lets hope it stays that way.


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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Hermione » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 7:58 am

Very hazy and smoky down in Huon this morning, is there somewhere that's not burning? ):
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Buttongrassrambler » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 9:05 am

13 more fires registered in th south west.... a few around Mt Picton, may be producing the smoke
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby stepbystep » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 9:05 am

Fire on PB is small, in the forest on western flanks, prevailing wind coming from the wrong way...Mt Anne area fire is very concerning. Pic(Anne area) from this morning.
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bushwalker zane » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 9:32 am

*&%$#!.
I've got a mate who was camped at Promontory Lake last night.

Also, I heard the tail end of a news piece on ABC local yesterday about someone getting fined for lighting fires in the Walls. Although I can't find any articles about it...
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 10:01 am

Boundaries starting to appear on the TFS website for some of the SW fires

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby Hermione » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 10:09 am

bushwalker zane wrote:*&%$#!.
I've got a mate who was camped at Promontory Lake last night.

Also, I heard the tail end of a news piece on ABC local yesterday about someone getting fined for lighting fires in the Walls. Although I can't find any articles about it...

It's mentioned towards the end of this article but not much detail https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-14/ ... e/10713290
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 10:11 am

bushwalker zane wrote:*&%$#!.
I've got a mate who was camped at Promontory Lake last night.

Also, I heard the tail end of a news piece on ABC local yesterday about someone getting fined for lighting fires in the Walls. Although I can't find any articles about it...



I heard that walkers approached a group of French backpackers and ask them to put out the fire. They refused and were later fined by parks and told to leave the NP.
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 10:12 am

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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bushwalker zane » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 10:54 am

Hermione wrote:It's mentioned towards the end of this article but not much detail https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-14/ ... e/10713290


Thanks for that. Hadn't seen that article, but it covers pretty much everything I'd heard on the radio. I would have thought it merit its own article, given the severity of both the consequence on peat fire, fires in the TWWHA, and the current fire issues in Tassie.

Re: my mates in the Arthurs, I got in touch with one of them and found out they got heli evaced at 9pm yesterday.
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby stepbystep » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 12:31 pm

bushwalker zane wrote:
Hermione wrote:It's mentioned towards the end of this article but not much detail https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-14/ ... e/10713290


Thanks for that. Hadn't seen that article, but it covers pretty much everything I'd heard on the radio. I would have thought it merit its own article, given the severity of both the consequence on peat fire, fires in the TWWHA, and the current fire issues in Tassie.

Re: my mates in the Arthurs, I got in touch with one of them and found out they got heli evaced at 9pm yesterday.


Impressive response to get them out at last light. It'd be interesting to know where the fire was at Lake Prom exactly and how big it was at time of evacuation. I know where the nice veg is :(
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby bushwalker zane » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 12:37 pm

I've only sent him a few texts, and the small report I heard on the radio at 1pm didn't enlighten me much either. But I will see him tonight, and will be asking many questions!
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Re: Gell River Fire - Lake Rhona Region

Postby tastrax » Wed 16 Jan, 2019 5:29 pm

What a day in SW Tassie - that has to be the worst I have ever seen. Lets hope some of them are small and not going anywhere!

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