View Full Version : Bush fires in Australia with entire town of Yarloop destroyed...

The Artful Bodger
01-09-2016, 01:24 AM
...including presumably all this..

01-09-2016, 01:40 AM
I wish you had the cold rain it's doing now & the 6-8" of snow coming tomorrow night.

01-09-2016, 02:46 AM
Nasty pictures of devastation there. Looks like that was a really great museum and workshop. Sorry for your losses there in Oz:

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I hope nobody was seriously injured.

01-09-2016, 03:59 AM
It's a shame when historical places are devastated , especially so many homes .

I would be happy to assist in some way when possible, during the rebuilding.

01-09-2016, 07:18 AM
That's terrible!! I've heard about the fire of course but didn't know about the history or museums. It's hard to conceive of
a whole town being wiped out. My heart goes out to all those folks.


01-09-2016, 08:06 AM
Terrible loss:(

A.K. Boomer
01-09-2016, 01:26 PM
We have that constant worry around here - few years back it became a local reality http://gazette.com/royal-gorge-fire-destroys-20-structures-tram-at-park/article/1502174

in the case of a museum and loss of life my heart goes out to you over there as it's things that are irreplaceable,

the gorge today is in many way better than ever so with all other stuff keep yer chin up as best as you can...

high winds and fire are a lethal combination for sure...

J Tiers
01-09-2016, 04:12 PM
The museum and railroad shops appear to be gone, along with around 100 houses at least. The top left pic in a post above is the museum burning.

01-13-2016, 02:10 PM
This loss is heart-wrenching and my prayers go out to everyone who was affected. I hope some of it can be salvaged.

I grew up in Central Texas and my family has lived here since the 1850's. My grandparents have passed on now but they (and their siblings) all told me that prior to about WW2, people were conscious of the fact that no fire departments existed to put out fires so prevention was more or less left to each family. That generally took the shape of keeping all grass away from homes (most folks kept poultry and sometimes hogs near the house) and large trees were also kept well pruned and away from structures. My uncle's farm had zero grass around the house - everything was bare dirt for about 50 yards in any direction. Lightning typically started most of the grass fires and kept the wild undergrowth burned down at least every few years - if not more frequently. The Native Americans and early settlers understood this and also realized that fire made for good grassland renewal for grazing animals.

In our current times, I believe this fire awareness has been somewhat forgotten as subdivisions are built further into the country and brush fires are often contained by firefighting efforts. People tend to assume the local FD can either save their home or at least save everyone around them but these infernos can get so large that nothing will stop them other than a loss of fuel or a lot of rain. It happens all over the world whenever the brush load gets heavy from several years of growth then a dry summer comes around and the fires start.

oil mac
01-13-2016, 07:29 PM
It is with deep sadness I read of the total destruction of Yarloop, My heart goes out to the souls who have lost their homes and possessions, I cannot begin to comprehend how they feel , The cultural loss of that fine museum is a major international tragedy in the loss or damage of rare and irreplaceable technological items

01-13-2016, 09:05 PM
Apparently the fire fighting efforts were hampered by lack of water, and residents had been complaining of problems for a long time. So perhaps the US is not unique in their neglect of infrastructure maintenance and rebuilding. There have been a lot of unusually bad fires and extreme weather in the US, likely caused by climate change, and it is probably also affecting Australia.

01-14-2016, 02:42 PM
"Well, the bad news is our town burnt down. the good news is, we finally got rid of those giant spiders" - Austrialia

01-14-2016, 05:59 PM
"Well, the bad news is our town burnt down. the good news is, we finally got rid of those giant spiders" - Austrialia

Hah! That made me laugh. Thanks for bringing a little humor to an otherwise sad situation. After spending some time in Australia, I'm convinced everything there is designed to kill humans. Remarkably, the Australians I met were all extremely friendly, unpretentious, hardworking and tough! Good people - my heart goes out to those who lost their homes.

01-14-2016, 10:36 PM
Sorry for your loss, the loss of homes and personal belongings is a tragedy that I cannot begin to comprehend. The loss of museums is loosing the story of the land and the people.
Best of wishes