Fire in the Grampians. Taken at 1700 hours Friday Feb. 15 by Tom Goldstraw
Tom Goldstraw, one of our loyal readers in Australia, sent us these photos of a fire in the Grampians region of western Victoria. He reports that the fire was 170 hectares (427 acres) when he arrived and it had burned 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) when they left. It was a tough trip, he said. Lighting ignited 12 fires, many of which were swept up in two large fires.
Monday 18th Falling back to asset protection, D7 dozer retreating after multiple spot fires closed off all exit roads. ( we all fell back to a wool shed which would have been the most protected asset in the state D7 4 pigs and 10 heavy tankers)
Monday 18th Sky crane filling with VicForests and DSE crews filling from quick fill, fire came out into the paddocks moments after this photo (Fire behaviour increasing rapidly and only 1130am)
Sunday 17th, waiting for the fire to cool down and start dozer work and back burning operations from the private property interface
Monday 18th, fire well into the private paddocks burning behind our safe area near the wool shed