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Friends Down Under - Australian Fires

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I know we have quite a few friends and forum members down under.    Hoping and praying that you and families and friends are safe from the fires we have all see on the news here.    If there are things that you urgently need, post that here, and will try to get some assistance to you somehow.     Vic

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6 minutes ago, Vicfreg said:

I know we have quite a few friends and forum members down under.    Hoping and praying that you and families and friends are safe from the fires we have all see on the news here.    If there are things that you urgently need, post that here, and will try to get some assistance to you somehow.     Vic

Thanks Vic, there are some parts that are doing it tough but the nation is rallying behind them with massive community support.  There is some really amazing stories of kindness that reminds us that decent human behaviour is the norm and we shouldn’t be completely jaded by what we see on the nightly news reports normally.

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Thanks for the kind words Vic, a lot of people don't realize it but most of Australia is a barren wasteland with just a narrow green belt around the perimeter, combine this with possibly the worst drought we have ever had and blazing summer heat and you have a recipe for disaster. Large parts of the country have had no significant rain for 6-8 years with none forecast any time soon so the fires will continue for a while yet. It may look like the whole place is on fire but it's not quite that bad, but with 1,000 houses burnt so far it is very serious.

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Bad news on the fires here. A Canadian C130 Hercules with a USA crew crashed on Thursday 23 with no survivors in the 3 man crew. Pretty shocking, we've had helicopters and fixed wings crash but nothing this size.

At this stage nothing is known why it went down. I am part of fire aviation and the flight trace looked normal until it went down. It dropped retardant for 2 seconds just before we lost sight of it.

We have had a lot of US and Canadian aviation people over this year and they have been some of the best people we work with. Their level of expertise is very high and they all hit the ground running. They found that the word 'mate' has many variations from positive to negative but can be used in every social situation.

It's bad enough to loose people in fires, worse still when they are miles from home and away from family helping out strangers.

RIP B134 and thanks.

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Yes, sad indeed.  I am working in Canada right now, this was heavily covered in the news.  The plane was operated by Coulson Aviation a well known worldwide aircraft firefighting business.  They had loaned the plane to the RFS for these fires.

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