David is OK, we bumped into him a couple of times coming and going today and I think he might have had some work. He is closer to the fire in one way and further in another than us if that makes any sense. The lay of the land and the way the gullies twist. Although Glen Dhu Rd is only a ridge or two from his place the fire seems to be moving more towards Collinsvale. It came close to him on Wednesday but he was fine and them moved on near us. If the wind had blown the wrong way it might have been really nasty for us but it has been heading up Collins Cap Road as if it was following a road map.
Greg had bother because he is near the top of the ridge on Collins Cap Rd and, the top end of Glen Du Rd is just over the hill. Luckily his place was OK but he had two near misses, the first very close, Wednesday, and then again last night when it flared back up in the paddock near the road. I don’t know if you’ve seen any photos but it literally burnt right around his rare 403 panel van in
the paddock without toasting it. I’m beginning to think God must drive a Peugeot…
In some ways Greg is better off than us now, because although it is dicey generally with spot fires breaking out downwind, around his place has already burnt through once, making any flare ups or new outbreaks more controllable. So far, touch wood, we haven’t been touched by fire at all, which is obviously great, but with the vegetation on the block, if it does start it’s going to be nasty. The crews are trying to stop that because this side of the range links into the Wellington Reserve and potentially could see a monster blaze leading through to the mountain and even down to Huonville recreating the 1967 disaster. They have done a great job of containing it as much as possible today but the terrain around here can be inaccessible and so some areas are more easily managed than others.
Richard I have not spoken to today. The fire is heading in his general direction as the back of his place is in the vicinity of Myrtle Forest reserve (a part of Wellington Trust reserve). Not sure if he is in need of evacuation yet, probably not. If it keeps coming he could have some problems, of course, the only way to know, is to be there