The story of Australia’s million-hectare fire

In 2019 five wildfires in New South Wales merged and ultimately burned 1,071,740 hectares (2,648,323 acres)

bushfires New South Wales map
Map of bushfires in New South Wales, showing projected spread and ember attack, Dec. 21, 2019.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC, has put together the story of the largest bushfire in the recorded history of the continent. When the spread of the Gospers Mountain Fire finally halted during the 2019-2020 bushfire season, it had merged with four other large blazes to ultimately burn 1,071,740 hectares (2,648,323 acres).

Sometimes in the United States we call a fire that reaches 100,000 acres a “megafire”, but the prefix “mega” means a million (106). Last bushfire season the Aussies had a legitimate megafire.

The article at ABC is well researched and interesting. It includes details that previously were not widely known —  such as the fact that firefighters were worried that the fire could burn into the northern suburbs of Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales.

Below are excerpts. You can read the entire story here.

Gospers Mountain Fire
Gospers Mountain Fire, from ABC
Gospers Mountain Fire
Gospers Mountain Fire, from ABC
Gospers Mountain Fire
Gospers Mountain Fire, from ABC

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Sean. Typos or errors, report them HERE.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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