Concern about our Aussie friends...

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A lot of news video and reports this weekend about the terrible fires down under. I know we've got an awful lot of Aussies on the WF. Just want you to know this Yank from the Midwest is concerned about you guys! Hope you stay safe.

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  • Profile picture of the author Anna Johnson
    Thanks Talltom,

    I appreciate it. Entire towns have been wiped away by the fires and over 100 people have been killed.

    I am personally very upset. One of the towns, Marysville, was a beautiful little town with guesthouses, weekenders, little cafes, etc.

    It was a favorite weekend getaway/holiday spot that I have been visiting since I was a child. My mother went there as a child and her mother before her. We loved it so much, my husband and I got married there.

    Now, save for a few buildings, the entire town is gone... The school, the guesthouses (several dating back to the start of last century), not to mention the homes of so many.

    It is truly devastating...
    • Profile picture of the author azurews
      Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    • Profile picture of the author T.R. McCarroll
      Having lived in Los Angeles for some time .. I can tell you these fires are horrific and will wipe out a neighborhood in minutes without much warning ... the winds from such fires are so fierce they will carry embers for miles and drop them in a shake shingle house ... not even close to the original blaze and bam another neighborhood goes up in smoke ... the point ... make backups of all important documents and video tape everything in your house including cars then keep the tape or dvd off site ....

      Pray for all of our island friends

  • Profile picture of the author jayman
    Hope everything is alright. We will be praying for you guys.
  • Profile picture of the author jonhel
    We were lucky in SA considering how horribly hot it was not to have had destruction from fires.
  • Profile picture of the author designgururyan
    im about 45 minutes form bendigo where 50 houses are gone, but further east its worst, over 700 houses gone and 100+ lives lost and growing - some towns totally wiped out - please pray for the families
    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
      Originally Posted by designgururyan View Post

      im about 45 minutes form bendigo where 50 houses are gone, but further east its worst, over 700 houses gone and 100+ lives lost and growing - some towns totally wiped out - please pray for the families
      OK, you mentioned Bendigo. My pastor has started a church IN BENDIGO. Is the fire affecting that area?

      I'm not good in Australia map, can someone let me know where is the fire burning?
  • Profile picture of the author Jonno
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Victorian friends, memories of Ash Wednesday come flooding back here in SA
    • Profile picture of the author halfpoint
      The whole eastern side of Australia is experiencing problems at the moment with flooding in QLD at the moment, also.

      I've been glued to the TV and radio the last few days. Its absolutely devestating.. the death toll will most likely double once they get around to all the houses..
  • Profile picture of the author RobinSkeen
    My thoughts and prayers are with all my sisters and brothers in Oz. Stay safe. Love and blessings.
  • Profile picture of the author Anna Johnson
    The ironic tragedy of it all. Floods in the north, fires in the south.
  • Profile picture of the author Gary Harrell
    Let's all pray for these people - that's a terrible situation.

  • Profile picture of the author Simon74
    I just wanted to add my thoughts and paryes are with all you Aussies a fantastic people.
  • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
    Thank you guys for your thoughts and prayers. Tears are flowing here for the dreadful stories that are coming out of Victoria. One firefighter, while fighting to save homes in one location, lost his own home and 2 of his children. Whole families are burned to death in their cars while trying to escape.

    The fires just came too quickly to evacuate and I know what that is like.

    In Canberra the heat has been horrendous as well. Five or six days with temps over the 40* Celsius has been hard to live through so needless to say a lot of us have not been on the Internet much.

    Fire storms are like tsunamis they hit and few can escape. It is just 6 years ago that Canberra was in this situation and over 400 houses were lost with fatalities. The fire was seen out of my kitchen window way off in the distance at around 9 am. By 1pm the first suburbs were hit and reports of 100 homes burned in Duffy was trying to sink in to our numb brains. By 3pm it had galloped across six or more suburbs and houses in my own street were gone as were several around me. That is the irony of fires. They hit one or several houses and spare others.

    The pitch black turns day into night, the cyclonic winds the fire generates sounds like F14s racing overhead and the embers burn into flesh as efforts are made to put water on roofs. People in Victoria had even less chance than those of us in Canberra who survived. The fires were on them in seconds and many were trapped in cars as they tried to flee.

    Its a hard country sometimes but you guys in the Northern Hemisphere are also doing it tough in parts and my thoughts and prayers are with you also. We have seen the fires in California and pray for all who are affected by them as well.

    God bless everyone wherever they are and under what circumstances they are going through at this time. It seems like nature is getting its own back for all the abuse we have given it.

    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Hopes and prayers with you. Glad to hear Norma's alright. One of my favourite posters. I hope everyone else is OK too. God. This kind of thing makes me angry sometimes. I suppose it's just one of those things and all we can do is hope that everyone is alright.
  • Profile picture of the author kumisi69
    ye allot of my mates were affected by these fires i just wish them all my love
  • Profile picture of the author Brett Kruger
    Hi guys.

    It's been a horrible weekend here in Victoria.

    My friends and their 2 daughters are still missing since 10:00pm Sat night. (1:00 pm Mon now).

    There names have been called out numerous times on radio to no avail.

    Unfortunately there are still massive fires going in most parts of the state.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected from this absolute tragedy.

    • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
      Nature: Goddamm you!

      My sincere sympathy is with everyone out there and I wish this would just end as soon as possible.

      Originally Posted by Brett Kruger View Post

      My friends and their 2 daughters are still missing since 10:00pm Sat night. (1:00 pm Mon now).
      You and your family will be in my prayer, Brett. I am sure they are safe and sound and will turn up soon.

      Hang in there people - my best wishes to all our Australian friends.

  • Profile picture of the author grumpyb
    The news is terrible Its an absolute emergency and it seems that it may have been caused by some Ars**** who dileberately lit the fires
    We have afire raging in NSW central coast and it was deliberately lit Police have arrested a 31 year old man.
    The situation in Victoria is beyond comprehension and has stunned our nation more than 1000 houses and more than 108 dead with a lot more excpected when they get in and check all the burnt out cars and buildings.
    Our armed forces have been placed on stand by to go in and help but whoever thought that the experince they gained in the Tsunami and other disasters over seas would eventually be needed here at home.
    There is growing groundswell of opinion that says arsonists should be charged with murder If they bring back the death penaly maybe they should consider burning the offenders to death.
    Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers
    • Profile picture of the author klublok
      I can't believe this is happening. My girlfriend used to live in Victoria and lived close to where some of the towns were destroyed.

      Terrible thought to think that people were killed trying to get out because they received no warnings of the fire coming!

      Very sad...
  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Some of my in-laws live in Australia, but I think they're far away from the fires. I hope so. I think one of the things I found most upsetting was the mention that some of the fires had been restarted by arsonists after being put out by firefighters. No sense or compassion, some people.

    We're in the middle of some extreme (cold) weather here in the UK this week, accompanied by lots of typical British grumbling about the disruption it's caused. The truth is, we don't know we're born. Climate-wise, we've got it made in comparison to many.

    I really, really feel for you all over there, and wish such things didn't have to happen in order to put other 'problems' into perspective.
  • Profile picture of the author mrsteady
    Like had been said before my thoughts are with all of you. I have family living in Aus and I am hoping for their safety.
  • Profile picture of the author Philip John
    My Uncle is in the serious burns unit after receiving serious blistering to his face and hands. He stayed back to protect his house that him and his wife had built. He managed to save his house but lost all his sheds and a truly magnificent garden.

    Still, he is lucky compared to many others who lost everything. A friend of a friend lost everything ...including their pet cow (they loved that cow like a child).

    The final toll wont be known for days yet - the fires are still burning many areas are inaccessible due to fallen trees across the roads etc.

    The wind and the heat on that day was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it. Just incredible.
  • Profile picture of the author pioneertw
    My sincere prayer goes out to all the Australians who were directly or indirectly affected...Was really saddened by the news
  • Profile picture of the author NewbiesDiary
    I'm reading all your well wishes and even though I'm in Queensland and not near the fires, I have tears streaming down my face reading all these posts right now!

    Originally Posted by ProductCreator View Post

    incredible that some arseholes have lit some of these fires on purpose.
    that happens more often than not here - some little sh!thead is bored, has sniffed too much of something and wants to see what happens if...

    I have a few ideas in mind what we should do with the little turds if they're caught, but usually they aren't.

    I'm in Qld and up here its a lot more tropical weather, even tho it's bloody hot, it's also really humid and summer is our wet season, so fires don't spread so much here in summer as they would in winter.

    Originally I'm from South Australia, where along with Victoria they are usually the ones hit the hardest. The fires are incredibly fierce and fast and sometimes you just don't get any notice. They'll be heading in one direction, we'll get a wind change and the fire will head off somewhere unexpected. I imagine it's much like a tornado.

    I'd say there are a lot of us all holding our breath until it's safe again for our Mates in the southern states.
  • Profile picture of the author TimRobinson
    My Hopes and Prayers go out to everyone in Vic ATM, it's terrible the plights mother nature inflicts on us at times.

    I'm currently up in Cairns which is cut off from the rest of the world from extreme flooding.

    Unfortunatly these problems are getting worse and worse over the years due to global warming. It's our duty as entrepreneurs not only to pray for the families going through these disasters at the moment but to do something about it.

    For those in Australia who are able to donate the phone number is 1800 811 700

    If you are able to provide accomodation or support for homeless you can call in on 9096 0000 or 1300 650 172.

    Aussies dig deep as millions flow in for bushfire aid | Herald Sun

    I think we need to think a lot more seriously about addressing the issue of global warming too, after reading Richard Bransons book "Screw It, Let's Do It" It really opened my eyes to just how bad the problems are getting and are only going to get worse in the years to come if we don't do anything about it.

    Cheers, Tim
  • Profile picture of the author lacraiger
    we're praying for you here in the philippines

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