Australia: photos of a fire in the Grampians

Grampians fire

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.

Thanks Tom!

Grampians fire

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)

Grampians Fire

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)

Grampians Fire

Sunday 17th, waiting for the fire to cool down and start dozer work and back burning operations from the private property interface

Grampians fire

Monday 18th, fire well into the private paddocks burning behind our safe area near the wool shed

 

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+