Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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August 1st, 2015

@Greybeard3 @NowhereBob @tqft9999 @Spannerx12 This is going to take some time, isn’t. Not a complaint, just an observation.

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sophiepenrose Icelandic lullaby pic.twitter.com/ITzM4fQcjz

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@WarWraith @PointZeroOne Yeah, it does have its occasional uses.

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@WarWraith @PointZeroOne I think I’ll be fine, I was a huge fan of the Space Age, and did orbital mechanics in a side-subject at uni.

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@PointZeroOne Yep yep, I’m looking forward to that.

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@PointZeroOne Oh just in the sandbox right now. I usually work through tutorials etc before hitting campaign play.

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@shiftkey Well so do I, for obvious reasons, but yes, it’ll be fun. It’ll also be exhausting.

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Also, “The 9pm I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Planet” happened. stilgherrian.com/edict/00046/ SoundCloud soundcloud.com/skankmedia/e00… pic.twitter.com/TpXxURed1Y

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Your content suggestions are brilliant, and the majority will be explicit or Malcolm Tucker. pozible.com/edict2 pic.twitter.com/Z1wHKq7euI

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Pleased that “The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh” is 51% of the way to Target One. Thank you. pozible.com/edict2 pic.twitter.com/ABhdMP2dZB

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Fire extent map for the Wentworth Falls file. The out-of-control bits are that narrow chasm and the valley floor. pic.twitter.com/4TyAFTpbZ3

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@scott_thewspot Thanks. We woke to a WATCH AND ACT alert, but we’re outside the alert area.

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@scott_thewspot Technically no, because most of what’s left is in inaccessible terrain, but they’ve controlled bits threatening properly.

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@scott_thewspot Yes, this was about 2.5 or 3km from here last night. I posted maps early this morning.

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To be fair, @R_Chirgwin, I’d have no real objection to working with @BuzzFeedOz… though would they have metwitter.com/R_Chirgwin/sta…yO

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“Kate Fritzon is a forensic psychologist specialising in the psychology of arson,” a 50-minute radio interview. abc.net.au/local/stories/…

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Oh wait! Today in Australia 4/3: Sharks! abc.net.au/news/2015-08-0…

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Today in Australia 3/3: Earthquakes! twitter.com/abcnews/status…

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Today in Australia 2/3: Blizzard! twitter.com/nswincidents/s…

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Today in Australia 1/3: Bushfire! pic.twitter.com/ZbHpBBqfVB

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@R_Chirgwin @NSWRFS The frightening thing is, I can see how someone could get off on being in that fire, and want more of it… Alas.

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“Australia, you have a problem with racism. A big one. And it runs deep,” writes an American expat. businessinsider.com.au/an-american-ex…

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@nswpolice Is 20m x 25cm a typo? Or was it really a long narrow strip of fire?

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@R_Chirgwin Maybe, maybe not. Could he have just laid a strip of accelerant down?

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Meanwhile, this ember here was a near miss, eh @NSWRFS? pic.twitter.com/N2avrPW0b8

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Frame from the @NSWRFS video just tweeted. “I’ll just stand here while it all explodes.” pic.twitter.com/ZbHpBBqfVB

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NSWRFS Footage captured by firefighters shows wind gusts generating flare ups & embers at fire last night goo.gl/P676HN

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As expected, @nswpolice have charged someone for the Glenbrook fire overnight. police.nsw.gov.au/news/media_rel…

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@markhellewell @KerbalSpaceP I’d figured that was a appropriate protocol. But I’m only in the sandbox, so I may not bother.

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@mpesce I’ve actually met Buzz Aldrin (years ago) and also a couple of cosmonauts.

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@mpesce Oi! Some of us were paying attention during the Space Age!

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Well, I finally downloaded @KerbalSpaceP, and of course my first flight is stranded in space, no fuel to return. pic.twitter.com/jV6gkLPVBn

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Love the blurb. Hendo’s work was a “service” (book merely serviceable?) and “hugely ambitious” (did it succeed?). twitter.com/prestontowers/…

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MittenDAmour How to cook the perfect amount of pasta:
1. Pour out how much you think you need
2. Wrong

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@leighformayor Well, you don’t follow me, so I DM’d the link to @expectproblems

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems There’s nothing major (I trashed a lot, poor light), but I’ll DM a link to what I have.

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@juhasaarinen Yep, this is unusual, to say the least.

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An “interesting” discovery here by @matthewlandauer, given that a fire was deliberately lit at Glenbrook last night. twitter.com/matthewlandaue…

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This is good. The spread of the fire really has been kept low. pic.twitter.com/tlADoUUR1N

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This is good news about the Wentworth Falls fire. Thanks, @NSWRFS, seems you’ve been doing some great work today. twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/…

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NSWRFS 130 firies & 2 helicopters still at fire. Less wind than forecast aiding f/fighting effort. goo.gl/isUcPv

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The wind has died down, and they’ve resumed water bombing. To me it sounds like good progress is being made.

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The wind has died down, and FIRETACK 266 has resumed water bombing. They’ll map progress in about 40 mins, but to me things sound to-plan.

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I have SO MISSED having a big enough flame for a wok.

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I just heard another SITREP from SUNSET CONTROL. Things seem to be proceeding to plan.

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Wow it’s 10C today.

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Right, I’m going to make some chicken fried rice. I blame that Singaporean brat.

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workmanalice Quote of the week pic.twitter.com/0nLAEjCFfo

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@hicksfilosopher Oh! In which case, yes, this is a bit confronting I guess. Hang on, I’ll DM you so we can talk specifics. But all’s good.

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@hicksfilosopher No, it’s not contained. (“Controlled” is the term.) It’s still out of control, but their work is proceeding to plan.

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BlogsofWar Damn right. twitter.com/NYDailyNews/st…

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“Just a quick FYI crews are doing well holding the fire away from homes,” says @NSWRFS, so that’s good. twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/…

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@hicksfilosopher I’m listening directly to RFS coordinating comms, posted some of the explanations early this morning.

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Sputnik_Intl The construction of the Tower is ahead of schedule pic.twitter.com/rXsCl9nB6f

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@hicksfilosopher FIRECOM is the comms coordinator. SUNSET CONTROL is the on-fireground controller giving a situation report. Need more?

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FIRECOM just received a SITREP on the Wentworth Falls fire from SUNSET CONTROL. I won’t quote it yet, but it sounded quite satisfactory.

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@awelder @R_Chirgwin Exactly. I should write a thing about how these decisions aren’t one size fits all, how some are just security theatre.

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@awelder @R_Chirgwin Related, “Why tweeting my movements isn’t a safety risk” (2012) stilgherrian.com/internet/why-t…

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@awelder @R_Chirgwin I still have people emailing me to ask my phone number when it’s online in all my stuff and on every email.

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@awelder @R_Chirgwin The number is already on the website and the sign on the road. The worst that can happen is that they’ll phone him.

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@ruth_parslow 2.5k away, but with terrain and conditions making it very, very unlikely to be a threat.

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@R_Chirgwin It’s forecast to be shifting westerly.

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Kind of amused that I’ve still got plenty of Wi-Fi signal strength this far from the house. pic.twitter.com/SCTpeJz50v

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Oh dear, the winds are indeed picking up as expected. The firefighters won’t be having much fun at all now.

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@joelpmichael I’ll check the forums shortly, just as soon as I deal with a chore.

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2A. “The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh” will also generate some “interesting” podcast material. pozible.com/edict2

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2. “The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh” @Pozible campaign is now 51% of Target One. Yay. pozible.com/edict2 pic.twitter.com/o20LMvBfIz

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1. New podcast “The 9pm I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Planet” stilgherrian.com/edict/00046/ SoundCloud soundcloud.com/skankmedia/e00… pic.twitter.com/TpXxURed1Y

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If you’ve just joined us, there’s two things that I may not have plugged to you yet. So here they are.

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@davispg @ZDNet It’s a screenshot of someone’s live display. I thought Norse map.norsecorp.com but no.

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NSWRFS fire continues to burn in difficult terrain. crews concentrating efforts at top of cliff. pic.twitter.com/1B26Z6uXZP

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Yeah, @ZDNet, we’ll cyber you REAL good now that this column has an illustration! twitter.com/ZDNet/status/6…

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@joelpmichael Indeed, but for me… well… “Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.7”, so no longer supported, it would seem.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems … and it moved and creaked in the waves. Creepy. Imagination nearly led to a panic attack.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems That was creepy. I was the only one on board on a rainy Tuesday. In the silence by myself…

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems I’ve got a few photos of USS Pampanito that I took in SFO.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems Lovely. I got a private tour of HMS Opossum when it was still an operational RN boat.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems Um, plus I used to play Escape Velocity heaps. So, um, yeah, I’ve now wet myself.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems And I can do you a detailed guided tour of, say, the Oberon-class at the maritime museum.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems I soaked up MANY days in Aces of the Deep back in the… early 1990s, I guess it was.

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@leighformayor @FlatEarthGames @expectproblems Submarine warfare is a special subject area for 10 points kind of thing for me.

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I like the idea of where you’re going with objectsgame.com, @FlatEarthGames @leighformayor @expectproblems, but then again I would.

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Oh, so THIS is what @FlatEarthGames has been working on… I am intriguedpic.twitter.com/w5TEkcgpNuNu

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@SnarkyPlatypus @drearyclocks An army of schoolkids dressed like that would certainly give Australia’s enemies something to think about.

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@drearyclocks @SnarkyPlatypus BTW,tIt’s the Singapore 50th anniversary (SG50), and I’m sure* you’d support this worthy* concept.

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@drearyclocks @SnarkyPlatypus Oh I think you could be more aspirational. Or develop a proper Aussie version.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @untiemanhattan What’s wrong with yu? “McDonald’s SG50 Hello Kitty Collector’s Set”! simisaialsosg50.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/mcd…

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@dingram It’s distinctly early. The snow from 15 days ago is far more appropriate.

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brenthoare Helicopters fighting Wentworth Falls in from Sublime Point flames visible pic.twitter.com/0EXNKcwLWT

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@ResignInShame And it seems they use the callsigns HELITACK XXX for firefighting globally. It’s seasonal work, I guess.

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@dingram If I had a fixed base, I’d definitely do this. Tho I have a spare Android tablet. Maybe I could stash that somewhere.

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@ResignInShame No, the hire company’s choppers all use HELITA(C/CK) callsigns when on firefighting work, anywhere in AU.

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@dingram Oh there’s plenty of gaps, trust me. HELITAC 226 just came right through the valley in front of me, but invisible on my screen.

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@chrisdubrow It’s pretty quiet just now, as the plan is set up and the action moves to the FIREGROUND channels.

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@michaelneale @jonoabroad @R_Chirgwin Yeah, I mapped it earlier. I was confused at first, then corrected myself just as @NSWRFS got to me.

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@ResignInShame I’d have thought, but TACK returns more Google hits. [Shrugs.]

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@ResignInShame Thanks. Coordinating multi-location live coverage was something I used to specialise in. This is kinda automatic now.

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@michaelneale @jonoabroad @R_Chirgwin Ah, that explains all the references to “crime scene” as I listened to the RFS crews standing down.

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The cloud has come over, and the wind is due to pick up soon. Water bombing so close to the cliffs will be a bit fun*.

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A second helicopter has been tasked for water bombing, but I missed the callsign. Unless FIREBIRD 270 is returning.

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Hmmm… Should that be HELITACK 226 or HELITAC 226? Either way, it’s about to land at Medlow Bath and reconfigure for water bombing.

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Ah. And FIREBIRD 270 is heading off.

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HELITAC 226 is inbound now too.

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@saffronhowden As of whenever I tweeted that FIREBIRD 270 was over the fireground. About 45 minutes ago, by my guess.

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FIREBIRD 270 delivers! We now have an accurate fire extent map. Ping @R_Chirgwin. pic.twitter.com/SuRevKsYrV

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@cjjosh Oh hahaha I am now literally LOLing about that because I know exactly how that could happen!

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@cjjosh Oxy gum was very good indeed, yes.

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Or, @R_Chirgwin, the US version with, um, lyrics. youtube.com/watch?v=OkzvZf…

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Because you see, @R_Chirgwin, I was down in this kind of zone. youtube.com/watch?v=9HqSkY…

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An interesting reminder before that UHF comms don’t work in Blue Mountains terrain, so air-ground coordination switched to (I assume) HF.

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@R_Chirgwin Is there anything that FIREBIRD 270 can’t do? FIREBIRD 270 is our hero! [Cue anime theme song.]

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@SnarkyPlatypus And, to explain the LNP interest, 4th-largest source of business and property investment. Gotta suck up to the shareholders.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @monsieurarion Plus the “born to rule” and imperial aspects, don’t forget.

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FIREBIRD 270 has just emailed a GPS file of the fire perimeter into @NSWRFS HQ, so we should have an accurate map soon. Ping @R_Chirgwin.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Listening to that again, I was impressed at just how powerful it was. “Come at me, motherfucker!” turned out to be the case.

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@Max_in_Noosa Thanks, but zero danger where I am. I’m listening to the RFS comms direct, that’s were my info is coming from.

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@prestontowers Nah. Maps posted earlier. 2.5km away. Wind’s in the other direction. @cokeefe9 tells me they’re all calm over there now.

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FIREBIRD 270 is in the air and en route to the fireground.

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juhasaarinen This is possibly the most complex euphemism ever. twitter.com/stilgherrian/s…

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It’s a bit weird listening to the firefighters’ comms as I load more firewood into the stove to keep the house warm.

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@cokeefe9 @9NewsSyd Also (less) bizarre is that the HUGE bushfires of 2013 were a year and a week from the previous snowfalls.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Sadly FIREBIRD 270 will be busy with water bombing, I assume, otherwise they’d fit nicely into that big bucket.

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FIRECOM is currently sorting out an air liaison channel with SUNSET CONTROL. Sounds like we’ll be getting some action from FIREBIRD 270.

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@cokeefe9 @9NewsSyd Oh thanks for that, Chris. I’m 2.5km away, the other side of the highway, so fine. But that’s a reassuring update.

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@SnarkyPlatypus We have a thing going on here that’d be perfect for dealing with vocal FRY complainers.

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Yeah this fire is going to be bloody difficult to sort out, and embers could easily blow up into nearby houses. twitter.com/cokeefe9/statu…

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cokeefe9 VIDEO: Bushfire in Wentworth Falls being fanned by strong winds. @9NewsSyd pic.twitter.com/6okeH6Fcvl

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“The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh” @Pozible campaign is now over 50% to Target One. Thanks. pozible.com/edict2 pic.twitter.com/o20LMvBfIz

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New podcast: “The 9pm I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Planet” stilgherrian.com/edict/00046/ SoundCloud soundcloud.com/skankmedia/e00..pic.twitter.com/TpXxURed1Y1Y

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@ThomasCMcCabe Indeed it is, as @R_Chirgwin who grew up in this area seems to have forgotten.

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@R_Chirgwin Isn’t there a Sunset Lookout or some such place name nearby?

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@lukehopewell @mattdasilva Yeah exactly. I’m 2.5km from the fire, but it’s no danger for me. Listening to RFS comms intently though.

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I know why it is what it is, but I’m really liking the radio callsign SUNSET CONTROL. That’d make a great band name too.

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CORRECTION. Just heard that an ATV is ~30 mins from the fireground, strike team about 40 mins away. (Deduct 5 minutes now.)

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@TheTodayShow On a practical level, it scares tourists and causes financial losses for businesses that’d otherwise have a great weekend.

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@TheTodayShow I wish you’d say SOME residents or “several hundred”. It’s a 30-hectare fire in 11,400 sq km Blue Mountains. Faux drama FTL.

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petertaggart “When contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald, Ms Bishop pretended to be an answering machine” twitter.com/ernmalleyscat/…

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@R_Chirgwin I haven’t seen a formal process in operation for that, but it’ll feed into an accurate extent map.

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@weezmgk @R_Chirgwin @carolprobets @702sydney I heard that a strike team was en route about an hour ego.

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@R_Chirgwin I sae that FIREBIRD 270 did an overflight of the fire before touching down at Katoomba, so we should have IR maps soon.

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TheTodayShow Residents of the Blue Mountains have endured a sleepless night with strong winds fanning a bushfire towards homes. pic.twitter.com/5cN2dBmwly

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@R_Chirgwin @weezmgk @carolprobets @702sydney Yeah the location marker on the alert map isn’t quite accurate, apparently.

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Hey @lukehopewell stop retweeting your snow alerts while I’m retweeting my bushfire alerts. It’s all too confusing. ;)

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Fire extent is currently listed at 30 hectares, location as inaccessible, but “expected to impact on homes in the next few hours.”

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Here’s some footage of FIREBIRD 270 (VH-HVK) on a previous gig. youtube.com/watch?v=QKSKmX…

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The usual route will take FIREBIRD 270 almost straight over @bunjaree. I can hear it now.

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Ah cool. FIREBIRD 270 just checked in, they’re en route to Katoomba, ETA 15 minutes. Ping @R_Chirgwin

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@joannejacobs 2.5km, but it’s the other side of the highway and ridge line, and the wind will take it the other way. Maps earlier in stream.

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There’s a further soft road closure nearer the fireground, residents can leave but not return. 20-40 homes, depending how it’s controlled.

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Just heard police have a “soft road closure” off the Great Western Highway into Tablelands Rd etc. Emergency services and residents only.

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@jeffsonstein Exactly. Don’t need “Brian, get a hose to that damn ridge!” but “LAWSON 1, LAWSON 2, BLACKHEATH 2 stand down for crew change.”

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@R_Chirgwin @missdi_k @sylmobile There’s no wind at @Bujaree, this side of the ridge. We’re often protected from the wind here.

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@CaspertwinCorp What were you looking at? @NSWRFS and I sorted that out 40 mins before your tweet, bad ones well deleted by then.

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@reparb @thomasmccabe89 Thanks, that helps me a lot.

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@jeffsonstein FIRECOM also carries, say, the ambulance service helicopter being tasked, or cross-agency traffic police to RSF.

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@jeffsonstein I’m recording it now, so I’ll post some examples tomorrow. You did comms with US Army, right? You’ll know this stuff.

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@jeffsonstein So what I hear is units arriving, checking in with FIRECOM, being assigned a location and a FIREGROUND channel.

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@jeffsonstein Encrypted digital. They don’t want people hearing raw descriptions from firefighters and police, they can be confronting.

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@missdi_k @sylmobile We’re good at @bunjaree. There’s some maps earlier in my feed.

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And to add to the joy, the weather is not going to help the boys and girls do their job today. twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/…

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Yes, folks, it’s 1 August, and we have a bushfire at Wentworth Falls. What a world! twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/…

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@jeffsonstein This is what I’m listening to, NSW RFS GRN inter-agency mesh. Can’t get the actual FIREGROUND channels. broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17…

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@dfg77 @NSWRFS Unless you’re listening to FIRECOM, and you hear the voices of local tradies, farmers and the like of both sexes.

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@jeffsonstein Yes, and they’re all volunteers. These folks are the community, trucks from all the local towns. rfs.nsw.gov.au

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@jeffsonstein Yep. But this is MUCH easier than the events two years ago. flickr.com/photos/stilghe…

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@R_Chirgwin @jeffsonstein I’m looking forward to them getting the helicopter up, now that it’s daylight, to get the IR mapping done.

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@R_Chirgwin @jeffsonstein That said, it’ll be a hard day for them, with the wind picking up in the middle of the day.

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@R_Chirgwin @jeffsonstein I’ve been listening to FIRECOM since first alert. It’s all sounding normal and non-escalationary.

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@R_Chirgwin @jeffsonstein But is “not being burned to death” actually part of the @bunjaree service offering?

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“First F-35 squadron ready for deployment,” allegedly. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) based Yuma, AZ. thehill.com/policy/defense…

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@jeffsonstein Pretty much. I’m here more or less when the owner, @R_Chirgwin and family, isn’t.

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@jeffsonstein Indeed. Controlled vs not is a different axis from size and from danger level.

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@jeffsonstein Yeah, that’s kinda cool. It’s 20 metres out from the house, packed full of toys. You can camp out if it’s not too cold.

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I’m guessing that the @NSWRFS callsigns e.g. “PC Blue” and “PC Yellow” are crew teams, like Blue and Gold crews of nuclear submarines.

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@jeffsonstein That last phrase must sound odd to a non-Australian.

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@jeffsonstein Seeing they’ve got 100+ people on the fireground, and listening to FIRECOM, it seems like a routine out-of-control bushfire.

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NSWRFS Fire: Strong winds up to 70kph today will make controlling the fire difficult. Over 100 firefighters are on scene.

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@jeffsonstein That said, I just took this picture from the verandah. pic.twitter.com/wDaaabYFcu

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@jeffsonstein Try this. Fort he fire to get here, it has to burn through 1.5km of scrub, jump a highway, railway and ridge.

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@jeffsonstein Here’s a Google Maps view centred on where the fire is. google.com.au/maps/place/Hor…

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@jeffsonstein Yes, the second image is a zoom-in, showing that there’s a couple houses at risk near the edge of the ridge.

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Uhoh. “Anti-Virus Firm @Bitdefender Admits Breach, Hacker Claims Stolen Passwords Are Unencrypted” forbes.com/sites/thomasbr…

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@jeffsonstein Oh that’s a typo. It’s 2.5km. I tweeted an image just before, my location marked with a red cross, fire as a yellow diamond.

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The Saturday dawn approaches, Wentworth Falls. pic.twitter.com/n7HMQ74Mf5

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@jeffsonstein Never. That’s right. Totally never. At least I’ve established I’m 2.5m from the fire, and it’s “the other side” of things.

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@jeamland It was a bit like that. Listening directly to the RFS GRN raw comms after a poor night’s sleep is not recommended.

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Ah, bushfires! And just 15 days ago, this was the scene. twitter.com/NSWRFS/statuse…

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And that, boys and girls, is why you should ALWAYS listen directly to official sources like @NSWRFS and not some random person on Twitter.

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2. The fire Hordern Rd, Wentworth Falls, is out of control and on WATCH AND ACT status. Flaring up ‘cos of the wind. pic.twitter.com/9ebueYNmy5

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1. Mitchells Pass, Glenbrook, is the one that’s wrapping up. pic.twitter.com/lISQgfcauR

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Right, there are TWO incidents in the Blue Mountains currently. One is dealt with, but the other, here at Wentworth Falls, is still live.

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@NSWRFS Yes, I’ve just realised that. Sorry, not enough coffee. I’m deleting the wrong stuff and posting corrections now.

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I’ve just deleted some tweets about the fire because I just discovered that there’s two events going on and I probably confused their comms.

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Now this will be interesting. As a kid, what little we knew of MOL fascinated me. A real Thunderbird 5, kinda. twitter.com/NatReconOfc/st…

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@realist That’s right, two weeks ago it was snowing here. But it’s dry-ish, and many people have fires for winter heating.

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Another report, from a @NSWRFS team leader, that the fire he’s at is “somewhat controlled”. I’m still not sure who is where, just tuned in.

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I just heard a @NSWRFS crew report a fire as “100% blackout”, though whether that’s the whole fire or not was unclear.

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Ah, it’s now @NSWRFS running the inter-agency government radio network (GRN) up here.

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@MSMWatchdog2013 Thanks. There’s fires all year round. But we’re good. The Blue Mountain is a HUGE area.

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Thank you, Google Now. Yes, this is the way to do it. pic.twitter.com/62ga5lA71M

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I just grabbed my phone to turn on the emergency services radio scanner, saw an alert about the fire in Google Now. Good work, folks.

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There’s a couple of houses nearby that are presumably well awake now. And it’ll be dawn soon. pic.twitter.com/mv9zD6ximR

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Good, the fire at Wentworth Falls is well away from where I am, and most unlikely to be able to head this way. pic.twitter.com/2jUrzvNPcA

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Ah. Wentworth Falls is where I am, I suppose I should see where this fire is, eh? Stand by. twitter.com/NSWRFS/status/…

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NSWRFS WATCH & ACT | BLUE MOUNTAINS | Wentworth Falls fire may impact on homes in next few hours. Info: rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-informati…

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@Viss @dakami Look, stop complicating the narrative. It’s China. China is bad. Give us money for cybers.

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“The 9pm Urgent Hardware Refresh” @Pozible campaign is just over 50% to Target One. Lovely. pozible.com/edict2 pic.twitter.com/o20LMvBfIz

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Me at @zdnetaustralia Friday: “Should we let cyber espionage victims hack back?” zdnet.com/article/should…

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New podcast: “The 9pm I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Planet” stilgherrian.com/edict/00046/ SoundCloud soundcloud.com/skankmedia/e00… pic.twitter.com/TpXxURed1Y

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Sat plan, early draft: Potter around the house, dealing with a thousand loose ends, while thinking about things. Or not.

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Saturday. No no no no no no no no no no no no see I told you this would happen but did you listen to me no. They are laughing now. Saturday.

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