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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Fire!!

First day back into the real world, I came out of work at the Red Gallery around 4.30PM, and look what I saw! Here's The Nelson Mail article; we can smell it from our home.

8 comments:

  1. Welcome back! Sorry to hear of your loss. Never an easy time.
    Amazed to see Nelson is into "Aussie Bushfire mode"! Although, in saying that, Wellington/Lower Hutt had its share of bushfires around the hills in my childhood times.
    Thanks for the newspaper article.
    Best regards - Lesley Expat Kiwi

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  2. Hello, and welcome home. I, too, am sorry for your loss.
    Has it been another dry summer for you with lots of fires like that? We were in NZ a year ago and I rememeber seeing quite a few fires during our stay. I hope that one is under control, it seems to be very near to the homes and houses. I hope you both are alright after your sad event in the family. We, in Finland, miss NZ a great deal. We would love to be there... Well, there's always next year, eh?

    Emilia

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  3. FIRE TIMELINE
    3.45pm: The Nelson Fire Service is called to a scrub fire at the top of Frenchay Drive.
    4.35pm: The Fire Service is backed up by volunteer brigades and rural firefighters. About two hectares of grass and scrub are on fire.
    4.55pm: A Nelson firefighter is taken to Nelson Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
    5.55pm: Four helicopters and 11 fire crews battle the blaze as it spreads rapidly in changeable winds of about 35kmh. There are now about 10ha on fire.
    6.15pm: The incident control point moves from Frenchay Drive to Miyazu Park for a better view of the fire as it spreads.
    7.15pm: The first group of residents is evacuated from Arthur Vista. Six helicopters drop water from monsoon buckets on about 50ha of burning scrub and pine.
    8pm: Evacuations continue for residents of Seawatch Way, Ledbury Rd, Bayview Rd and Paremata St.
    8.30pm: The wind drops and the fire begins to be contained.
    9.30pm: Evacuated residents are allowed home and 20 firefighters remain at the scene to control the boundaries overnight.
    6.15am Wednesday: 11 helicopters return to the air and 30 firefighters plan to work on hot spots in the 50ha throughout the day.
    source at The Nelson Mail

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  4. Thank you for that, Ben.

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  5. Good to see you back Ben. Hope the fire will be under control soon. Looks and sounds pretty bad. Kind regards.

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  6. Thanks for your comments. Now, Ben, if you have time to look that up, go shoot some pics.

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  7. Welcome back Ben and Meg!! The article about the fire was already gone from the site, but I can still smell the smoke!

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  8. Welcome back Meg and Ben. I am sorry for your loss and the fire made things even more difficult. The article was gone from the site when i tried to look at it so thanks Ben for giving some details.
    Looking forward to some pictures soon.

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