Fire
Black Saturday: 2009FEB07
70Km from Kinglake West (where my Dad lives) the shots are taken at Wonga Park. Got a call from my sister at 1720hrs that Dads place was under fire ember attack and they are trapped. At 2000 got another call through 2 sheds are gone. So far the Kinglake area is in a lot of strife, 11 O'Clock position, image above.

Start here
I've created a summary page a quick summary of Black Saturday.

Why?
Since 2009FEB07 I've been collecting both reports from Dad on the ground and compiling news in the form of online articles, newspaper clippings and maps. It is the intention to add this info to a map to create an easier understanding of what happened on Black Saturday.

2009MAY19
The first 100 days: Looking for simple solutions to complex problems. Why the land management practices have to change.

2009MAY08
Shoot the moment: The golden rule I follow is if you see a shot, take it. Take it even if you are running late. Well I was running late. I had a fixed PUP. I was 65Km away and I had just on an hour. The following previous shots are taken on the side of the road going back from Kinglake West.

2009MAY06
The Big Picture:
I was catching up quickly on the newspapers this morning waiting for my system to rebuild and stumbled on this article, Bushfire Victims warned to beware of recover hazards by Karen Kissane of The Age Newspaper (2009MAY02).

2009APR23
More fire reduction burn-offs yesterday.

2009APR21
Added Fire Ops and posted Getting things done with nothing

2009APR20
Burn-off on the hill out my kitchen window.

2009APR18
Got a phone call from the Old man a few days back. Odd. Odd because as a rule in my family are not especially clingy ... continued

2009APR16
Visited Dad at Kinglake West.

2009APR08
Quick spin up to Arthurs Creek to take some shots of Kinglake, Strathewen area. Dad calls today... Life Goes on

2009APR02
Went to KG to take some shots of www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/sets/72157616246782440/. Run into Chris who had a flat.

2009APR02
Kangaroo Last Saturday I attended Trampoline to talk. I chose a topic close to home: How we organised a rapid response to supply essentials for my Dad. But I've found out just today in doing that talk, I missed the service of a couple of people I really liked ...

2009MAR31
Moose and Goons: The shot(s) you see here are along the Bowden Spur Rd moving from North East from Strathewen. They are historical and taken 2006SEP17 on a hike I took past "Hilltop" and Frasers Rd just out of Strathewen and mainly for people I've met handed out some moo cards so they can gain some sense of what happened on Black Saturday.

2009MAR29
Getting in contact & responding to Trampoline folks on twitter.

Did a talk at Trampoline yesterday, Kick starting volunteers: Getting stuff done with nothing. I changed the title slightly to fit the theme more succinctly. The draft talk can be found here. I'll polish it up and post to Seldomlogical asap. I'm also uploading pics & vids of trampoline (2Gb) approx 240 images as soon as I get the chance. You will be able to find them here.

2009MAR26
Widow makers, sudden death and draft for Trampoline. Getting stuff done with nothing.

2009MAR24
Spotted a brand spanking new Kinglake CFA tanker.

2009MAR16
Went for flying early morning visit to see Dad @ work.

2009MAR131057
Updated Bushfire News with more press articles that are starting to focus more on recover. Thoughts on the growing crisis with asbestos recovery and government blundering on its removal.

Steve Fleming my High School Physics teacher sent in pictures of the first epicormic shoots from gums and comments on the blackened landscape in Kinglake. Ross Noble describes the aftermath in St. Andrews.

2009MAR072134
Water, Frank the tank. Updated Bushfire news with more articles from the papers, TV referenced on the web. Added some more pictures from Dads
- flickr.com/photos/bootload/3334387455/
- flickr.com/photos/bootload/3334387451/
- flickr.com/photos/bootload/3334387449/
- www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3335143372/
- www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3335143370/

2009MAR030252
Doing the dishes The trees in this shot are 20-30m tall. Note the leaves on all the tree are burnt. This means the flames are as tall as the trees. The house is about the same distance from the trees.

Sent an extreme fire weather SMS by VicPolice and news of the day is Fire victims' relief crisis forcing changes to be made in food/water delivery.

2009MAR021130
Been busy & not posting. Here's the summaries:
- Shipping containers as firebunkers? www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3320803826/

- Insurance companies grab for money
www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3320511434/

- authorities windback resouces so locals resort to break-ins for basics
www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3320082513/

- Nixon releases press report saying everything ok www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3320082513/

2009FEB252300
Found some video footage on youtube of survivors escaping from Strathewen to Kinglake via Bowden Spur Road.
Added Extreme Fire weather set to explain why this Fridays weather is a high fire danger.

2009FEB240952
Added 2009 Fire news to record how fire information is being collected for future reading.

2009FEB232300
ABC 774 news talking to DSE/CFA fire incident controller (Kevin) and fires in Upway area now under control and downgraded.

Upway fire in progress.

"... Urgent Threat Message - Nixon Road Fire Upwey 3.50 pm ..." Here we go. This time it's a bit closer to home. The fire is situated at Melways Map reference 83 J2 in Upway. Whenever you have Melways reference it's most likely in the Metro area.

2009FEB220922
Fire map of affected areas to 2009FEB21 with flickr photo coverage overlayed

2009FEB211247
Three signs of life ... Phoning Dad yesterday he mentioned some of the things that survived the immediate fire.

2009FEB181154
It's not just me Continued vehicle stoppages in Flowerdale.

BlackSaturday +day11 SITREP Service, shutz update, water power, odds & sods

2009FEB17
Michael Winton Died in tragic circumstances on Black Saturday, 7th, February, 2009 trying to rescue his mum. Rest In Peace.

2009FEB152246
Small world Come to the realisation that I'm probably not going to get up to Dads easily or at least until the restrictions are lifted.

Inflexible response by authorities Hi Steve, your comments here are pretty on the mark ....

Belgrave incident this afternoon/tonight search.twitter.com/search?q=belgrave+bootload

2009FEB141831
stuff I'm working on ... The base priority is water. To have a permanent supply is good. At the moment there is no bulk supply apart from the fact Frank is 2/3 63K Lt of water (plastic liner burnt to waterline) ...

2009FEB131713
It's a marathon, now the sprint is over - for some

Confirmed found
THOMPSON Bob, Kinglakewest,
FLEMING S, & Family, Kinglakewest,

Practical steps searching for missing people a set of hacks Im using to find people I know & dont know in Kinglake West area.

2009FEB122028
Black Saturday +day5 SITREP water, fuel and logistics updated this page. Have now organised about 2000L of permanant water storage and 1000L carrying capacity. Objective of water & sanitation is being covered. Building of shed is next objective.

2009FEB111342
Updated The Age newspaper yoursay with details on Dad. Some other people I know are missing.

Missing
BRADBURY, Arthurs Creek
FLEMMING S, & Family, Kinglake
JARVIE R, J, Kinglake
KERR, P, J St Andrews

Govt under fire for 'appalling' stimulus fire link
Asking questions about Centrelink & signature SNAFU.

Priorities for next OP.
- water storage
- fuel
- Insurance assessment
- plumbing
- power
- clearing & digging
- security (widow makers: burning, falling trees)

SAFE
- LUKE/DAVIS, St. Andrews, house down, confirmed
- HARVEY, Kinglake East, house down, confirmed

Missing
FLEMMING S, & Family, Kinglake
JARVIE R, J, Kinglake

Deceased
AVOLA P, Strathewen confirmed
WINTON I, Strathewen confirmed
WINTON M, Strathewen confirmed


2009FEB101823
Added current news articles for archival purposes from The Age, The Australian and ABC News.

Brother, sister and Brother in-law are currently visiting Dad at home. The night before they organised both generator, fuel and supplies - don't ask how - before the authorities.

Kinglake residents forced Premier to allow close family up to the scene.

Friends
- confirmed LUKE/DAVIS, St. Andrews, house down but safe.
- confirmed HARVEY, Kinglake East,
house down but safe.

Deceased
AVOLA P, Strathewen confirmed
WINTON I, Strathewen (unconfirmed)
WINTON M, Strathewen (unconfirmed)

2009FEB091435
Good mate Christopher Harvey reports on house #kinglake #kinglakewest Kinglake West is in the direction of this image.

2009FEB091210
Sitrep: Phone call from sister called back from Dads

- power on
- telephone on (mobile phone)
- requesting generator, diesel (we are organising this)
- requesting fridge, tv (we are organising this)
- distressed, told not to leave area, crime scene
- cannot get stuff up there for quite a while

Todo lists
- tanks fixed
- get water from tanks (bore???)

Friends
- confirmed StAndrews, LUKE, house down but safe.

Missing
- Request any information on resident from Strathewen resident WINTON I. please email me.

2009FEB091047
Before the fires back in 2006SEP17 I hiked up and around the Bowden Spur Rd which cuts through the Kinglake area up from Hurstrbridge, Arthurs Creek and Strathewen. The shots here are before the fire came through... telecommunications Infrastructure being restored.

2009FEB090049
Added warnings to the Sentinal hotspot images ...

WARNING: IMAGES NOW OUT OF DATE VIEW LATEST IMAGES ONLY FROM SOURCE!!!

www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/3261774714/

2009FEB090041
Check this ABC News page for Kinglake audio reports & images.

Colin Wilson has pics fm #kinglake region I can recognise a few twitpic.com/1dzfo #bushfires twitpic.com/photos/coliwilso

2009FEB092252
Found a flickr set by Sue Hickton who has shots of Kinglake West, Coombes rd not far from where Dads house is.

2009FEB092157
At 2010 confirmed with brother Old man C.N Renshaw survived bushfire in Kinglake West. Details:

- called for 30sec on CFA Satphone
- house intact
- no vegetation
- 3 x sheds gone
- 1 x shipping container gone
- no power
- staying put.

Not much news, but the right kind.

2009FEB081100
- no callback from Dad yet, coms down
- brother in Whittelsea CCS (casulty clearance station) waiting for contact
- calls that friends of family lost +1 house in Kinglake area.

2009FEB072155
Just got back on the horn with sister and got the following information:

- not injured
- putting out spot fires
- house is intact
- mobile phone is flattening, no power
- power is down
- access to vehicles
- no water (power down) except
2 x 10,000 open water tanks
- 13 houses (unconfirmed) burnt in local 150Hectare area
- next door neighbour available to help
- brother & sisters bloke not let through to fire. blocked at all back roads.

House saved suspected due to green plants around house. So looks like they might live, house survived and currently exhausted.

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