Warrandyte earned its first ‘Watch and Act’ this morning thanks to two separate bushfires in the Wonga Park area. The CFA map shows the position of the last fire to be brought under control. It’s still not completely safe but as rain is predicted for tonight, we can all start breathing again.
The reason we were placed under Watch and Act was, I think, because both fires are located in state parks/reserves that follow the Yarra River as it snakes its way towards Warrandyte. If we had had an easterly wind, it would have pushed the fire right at us. Thank goodness it’s a cool day with very little wind.
But how did two separate fires begin in parkland on a cool day with no lightning?
That is the question, especially in view of the Kangaroo Ground fires of recent weeks. I hate to sound alarmist, but my money is on a firebug who thinks it’s great fun to watch people shitting themselves.
I may be wrong but if these fires are not the work of a nutter, then we must have some very stupid people lighting campfires and letting them get out of control. Either way I hope the authorities find the person or people responsible and give them hell. I’m not a violent person, but even I would be tempted to knock some sense into them with a very big stick!
I’m sorry to rant on like this but I’m angry.
This whole area is a tinderbox thanks to a long, dry summer and the negligence of those who should know better. Most residents are not prepared. Warrandyte has one ‘Safer Place’ * of last resort in a building adjacent to a football oval. I know that spot and I wouldn’t like to trust my life to it.
Why is commonsense in such short supply? How can we live in a place like this and not take the threat of bushfire seriously?
My only hope is that these dress rehearsals will shock some people into reassessing the danger… and taking some responsibility for their own lives and those of their neighbours. I’m not holding my breath.
*’The signs, [for Safer Place] are on Taroona Avenue in Warrandyte, … and point to two brick buildings at Warrandyte Reserve.’ This information appeared in theage.com.au. You can read the full article here.
January 31st, 2013 at 10:53 am
Hello All, For your information, This fire started as a result of a campfire that was not extinguished properly. The fire Started along side the Yarra river and burnt 4 hectares of bushland south east up steep terrain in Warrandyte State Park not far form the Clifford park scout center in Wonga Park.
VERY fortunate the weather conditions were favorable for firefighting.
Regards Andrew (CFA Volunteer)
January 31st, 2013 at 3:22 pm
Welcome Andrew and thank you so much for that update. You guys did an amazing job, and yes, we were very fortunate with the weather. I’ll update the post with your info.
I’m relieved the fire wasn’t started by a firebug but negligence is almost as bad.
Keep up the great work and know you’ll always be welcome here. 🙂
January 29th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
I have been wondering lately if the constant reporting of fires is causing those so inclined to think about lighting their own. I want to know about every fire in my area, no matter how small, but I wonder what kind of effect this alarmist reporting has on budding arsonists?
Stay safe up there in Warrandyte and bring on the rain!
January 30th, 2013 at 12:07 pm
That’s a very good point. All the reporting makes us more careful generally but… 😦
January 30th, 2013 at 5:35 pm
I have also wondered if hearing about it day in and day out as we are will make people complacent as time goes on.
Not hearing about it makes people think it will never happen, too much will make people think the reporting is exaggerated and that it’ll never happen to /them/…. Aarrgh!
January 30th, 2013 at 8:38 pm
I know – cry wolf. 😦 I know I make a pain of myself with my neighbours every time there’s a fire anywhere near us. Unfortunately they’re going to have to put up with it until Feb. is over.
January 30th, 2013 at 9:27 pm
Can’t wait until Easter. Always rainy after Easter.
January 30th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
Yeah. 🙂 Rain, the fire on, pumpkin soup, big roasts. I’m ready!
January 30th, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Don’t forget the chocolate! Mmmmm, chocolate….
January 31st, 2013 at 11:09 pm
-blush- You mean like that big box of birthday chocolates in the kitchen? If you eat them fast enough they don’t have a chance to melt in summer…. 😉
January 28th, 2013 at 2:55 am
You are not to be angry….it is so scary…people could get hurt
January 28th, 2013 at 3:40 pm
January 27th, 2013 at 9:43 am
I know how you feel we live in Mount Dandenong and fire is always a problem
January 27th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
Ouch. I have friends up in Selby and all I can say is that there are more ways out of Warrandyte than there are in the Dandenongs. Doesn’t living up there worry you?
January 26th, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Bring on the rain.
January 26th, 2013 at 11:29 pm
January 26th, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Stay safe my friend 🙂
January 26th, 2013 at 5:11 pm
We should be fine. 🙂 Just wish these damn clouds would drop the other shoe and RAIN! lol