Extreme Wildfires Update

Bushfires in northern New South Wales may have destroyed up to 30 homes. ‘Firenado’ reported. Birds dropping dead out of the sky.

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period

… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).

… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)

… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)

… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)

Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

Bushfires in northern New South Wales may have destroyed up to 30 homes. ‘Firenado’ reported. Birds dropping dead out of the sky.

The Guardian. October 8, 2019

Up to 30 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged and some residents suffered burns when a huge out-of-control bushfire in northern New South Wales ripped through the rural hamlet of Rappville.

One witness has described how birds dropped dead out of the sky at the height of the blaze.

Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers says the blaze wreaked havoc on Tuesday afternoon ahead of what’s likely to be a “very long summer” of bushfires. Rogers said on Wednesday that two fires – at Drake near Tenterfield and at Busbys Flat near Rappville – had joined together to form one large blaze which has already consumed 92,000 hectares.

Crews continue to battle the massive fire as they work to contain it over the coming days. “We are still using that figure of up to 30 homes across these fires,” Rogers told ABC TV. “Unless we get some really meaningful rain, I think it’s going to be a very long summer.

“Before these fires, we had already lost around 44 homes in NSW due to fires so far this fire season, and obviously that number could climb significantly from these fires.” More than 30 fires are burning across NSW but the RFS hopes more favourable weather conditions will help them get the upper hand ahead of forecast weekend rain.

A number of residents were treated for minor burns and breathing difficulties, Rogers said on Wednesday morning.

‘Cyclonic’ firestorm

Buildings, including the town hall, were destroyed in what one witness described as “cyclonic” conditions. Cameraman Matt Coble said he watched in horror as the Busbys Flat fire came towards him over a hill.

“The roar of it, the speed of it, was unbelievable – I couldn’t imagine the speed of the actual wind.” Coble described the situation as “quite scary” and said birds dropped out of the sky in front of him. A Rappville resident, Danny Smith, told reporters on the scene: “I’ve lost the bloody sheds, the house, lost everything. We might have saved the second place but everything else has gone.”

Also losing his home in the blaze was 83-year-old John Duncan. His daughter Carol has put together a GoFundMe page to help her father, who she says “lost everything except the clothes he was wearing”. By Wednesday morning the page had raised more than $8,870. Carol Duncan said her father had left Canberra after “experiencing the devastating 2004 bushfires and not wanting to go through it again”. She said firefighters had responded to a tweet asking for advice and went to the home to take him and his partner to safety. They had been sheltering in a shed at the back of the property. “So, the RFS people who went and got my Dad and his partner OUT OF THE SHED thanks to Twitter … saved my Dad’s life,” she said.

An evacuation centre has been set up at St Mary’s Catholic College in Casino for those who were forced to flee the Busbys Flat fire. The cause of the fire is being probed, with investigators working to establish whether it was accidental or started deliberately, the deputy commissioner said.

Prime minister Scott Morrison said his thoughts were with those affected. “For those communities around Casino (north of Rappville) it’s going to be a very tough day but know that Australians are with you,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney.

‘Fast and furious’ Queensland fire

Fire crews have all but extinguished a fast and furious blaze that destroyed one home in southeast Queensland. The flames that ripped through Laidley, in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, on Tuesday afternoon are out, but burnt-out logs are still smouldering. Firefighters are still busy with 24 fires still burning across the state.

Cooler temperatures are easing conditions but premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned people to make sure they are prepared for bushfires. “The fire season will continue for many months,” Palaszczuk told reporters on Wednesday.

“Police are still doing their investigations but there is concern about one of the fires at this stage being deliberately lit,” said Palaszczuk. She did not say which one.

The Laidley inferno flared up with little warning on Tuesday, catching firefighters by surprise as they were busy attending a fire at nearby Thornton. The fire burned right up to the fence line in one subdivision.

One family’s home was destroyed, the fierce flames melting a boat and ute in the yard.

Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan was monitoring other fires in the region when she got a phone call asking if she knew the fire was in her street. She said she quickly arranged for her pets to be collected, and will return home on Wednesday morning to assess the damage.

“I’m guessing it will be full of soot and will be a bit of a mess and will stink,” she told ABC radio.

“It was fast and furious and somewhat hectic.”

She praised the efforts of emergency crews.

“We’re really blessed that we only had one loss of one home,” she said.

“It certainly could have been a lot worse.”

At the peak of the fire danger on Tuesday afternoon some 120 evacuees were registered at the Laidley evacuation centre. There was an outpouring of gratitude for the firefighters on the Lockyer Valley Regional Facebook page after they were told late on Tuesday it was safe to go home.

Fire crews are still battling the nearby blaze at Glen Rock, with some residents who were evacuated on Tuesday still unable to return home.

No properties have been damaged there.

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