Red Gully Bushfire north of Perth forces evacuations in Western Australia

It is spreading toward Lancelin on the coast

map bushfire western australia
The icons on the map represent heat detected at the Red Gully Bushfire by a satellite at 2:10 a.m. AWT January 6, 2021.

A large bushfire has forced some residents in Western Australia to leave their homes. The Red Gully Bushfire has been burning since January 2 between the Gingin and Dandaragan areas about 100 km. north of Perth. The blaze stretches from Regans Ford west toward Lancelin and is burning toward Indian Ocean Drive.

Emergency WA issued the following warning at 7:44 a.m. AWT January 6, 2021:

Bushfire Emergency Warning – in or near OCEAN FARMS ESTATE, SEAVIEW PARK and surrounding areas bounded by Brand Highway to the east, Nammegarra Road to the north, the northern end of Mimegarra Road, Meadows Road, the coast to the west, Sappers Road to the south, Indian Ocean Drive, K.W. Road, Sappers Road, Cowalla Road and east to Brand Highway at the Orange Springs Road intersection across the northern edge of Moore River National Park in parts of REGANS FORD, COWALLA, MOORE RIVER NATIONAL PARK, NILGEN, MIMEGARRA, WEDGE ISLAND, KARAKIN, ORANGE SPRINGS and LANCELIN in the SHIRES OF GINGIN and DANDARAGAN

The fire has burned more than 2,000 ha (4,900 acres) and has been spreading to the west or west-northwest at about three kilometers per hour.

Two of Coulson’s C-130 air tankers that are on contract in Australia are now positioned in Western Australia.

Coulson C-130 air tankers
Coulson C-130 air tankers, 131 and 132. (They have different numbers in Australia) Coulson photo.

Red Gully Fire

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Bean.

Video, driving through the Bond Fire

The fire burned more than 6,600 acres in Southern California December 3, 2020

Bond Fire
Bond Fire, screenshot from video by FirePhotoGirl.

@FirePhotoGirl shot some fascinating video as she was driving through the Bond Fire in Southern California December 3, 2020.

Here is how she described it:

These videos were shot near the intersection of Santiago Canyon & Silverado Canyon. There were a few times I had to stop and wait it out and let the fire do its thing and cross over before I could continue, but if you ever wonder what it’s like driving through it, I hope this gives you a great visual.

The Bond Fire in Southern California east of Irvine started December 3, 2020 and burned 6,686-acres. Officials reported that 31 structures were destroyed and $14.4 million had been spent on suppression as of December 12.

Bond Fire Dec. 3, 2020
3-D map showing the perimeters of the Silverado and Bond Fires, looking west.

(Link to all articles on Wildfire Today about the Bond Fire)

Creek Fire on Camp Pendleton forces 7,000 to evacuate on Christmas Eve

The fire burned more than 4,200 acres west of Fallbrook, California

Creek Fire on Camp Pendelton Marine Base
Creek Fire on Camp Pendelton Marine Base, December 24, 2020. CAL FIRE image.

The Creek that started on the east side on Camp Pendleton in Southern California forced 7,000 people to evacuate on Christmas Eve. Pushed by north-northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph gusting at 15 to 25 mph the fire spread across the base burning more than 4,200 acres before firefighters were able to stop the spread Thursday evening.

The fire was reported on Camp Pendleton near the intersection of De Luz Road and Harris Trail shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. By 11 a.m. Thursday conditions had improved and the evacuation order was downgraded to a warning. Late in the afternoon showers helped firefighters slow the spread and at 5:30 Camp Pendleton announced that a fireline had been constructed around the blaze. The entirety of the fire was on the base.

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Map showing the location where the Creek Fire started on Camp Pendleton. Map by Camp Pendleton.

There were no reports of any structures that burned. The 200 firefighters were assisted by four air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters.

During the first 14 hours the fire was burning, from 11 p.m. until 1 p.m., the relative humidity was 8 to 10 percent — very low for overnight conditions.

One of the aircraft used on the fire was a BAe-146 operated by Neptune Aviation. Two days before the fire started the company posted on Facebook saying the aircraft was on duty in Southern California during Christmas week, very late in the fire season.

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Air Tanker 02 Drops on the Creek Fire
Air Tanker 02 Drops on the Creek Fire on Camp Pendelton Marine Base, December 24, 2020. CAL FIRE image.

Officials report 31 structures were destroyed in the Bond Fire in SoCal

The fire blackened 6,686 acres

Bond Fire Dec. 3, 2020
3-D map showing the perimeters of the Silverado and Bond Fires, looking west.

The spread of the 6,686-acre Bond Fire in Southern California east of Irvine has been stopped for several days but there are still two hand crews and 15 fire engines assigned. Officials report that 31 structures were destroyed and $14.4 million has been spent on suppression since it started December 3, 2020.

The fire burned very close to numerous homes in Silverado Canyon, as well as the Orange County/U.S. Forest Service fire station. Judging from the video below and the vegetation seen in the satellite photos, there may have been an interesting fire fight at the station.

Silverado Fire Station proximity to the Bond Fire
Silverado Fire Station proximity to the Bond Fire. 3-D image looking west. Fire Mapped Dec. 3, 2020. Satellite photo, May 2, 2019.
Silverado Fire Station
Silverado Fire Station, satellite photo May 2, 2019

Today Fire Photo Girl posted some excellent video she shot during the early hours of the fire.

Bond Fire prompts evacuations in Orange County, Southern California

The blaze is north and east of October’s Silverado Fire

Updated December 4, 2020   |    12:57 p.m. PST

Map of Bond and Silverado Fires, December 3, 2020
Map of Bond and Silverado Fires, December 3, 2020

The Bond Fire in Orange County, California is looking better today, Friday, December 4, but there is still much that needs to be done before it is contained.

More accurate mapping shows that 6,400 acres have burned. The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) reports that 11 aircraft are assigned to the fire. Air tankers and helicopters are working off Santiago Canyon Road between Modjeska Canyon and Silverado Canyon.

Some evacuation orders have been lifted. A map maintained by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has the details.

The two forestry technicians based on the Angeles National Forest who were injured Thursday were treated and released from the hospital that night. One sustained a leg injury and the other suffered minor bruising. The person with the leg injury had been flown in an OCFA helicopter to the hospital, while the other was transported in a ground ambulance.

All roads have reopened except for Santiago Canyon Road, according to the OCFA.

Bond Fire December 4, 2020
Bond Fire as seen from Pleasants Peak, looking southwest at 9:51 a.m. PST Dec. 4, 2020


Updated December 3, 2020   |    4:11 p.m. PST

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Bond Fire as seen from Pleasants Peak. Looking southwest at 2:05 pm. PST Dec. 3, 2020.
Bond Fire map
Bond Fire map showing heat detected by satellites as late as 2:30 p.m. PST Dec. 3, 2020. The gaps between the heat icons could be due to light vegetation burning then cooling quickly before the next satellite overflight, the fire burning into the October Silverado Fire, or inaccuracy of the sensors.

The images taken of the Bond Fire from nearby mountain tops have shown decreased activity in the hours after noon on Thursday.


Updated December 3, 2020   |    1:48 p.m PST

The Orange County Fire Authority reports the Bond Fire has burned 7,200 acres. Most of the spread over the last few hours has been to the west and it has reached Highway 241. Firefighters are working on suppressing spot fires across the highway.

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Large fire burns much of the northern half of Fraser Island in Queensland

The blaze is about 46 miles long

map fire Fraser Island Queensland Australia
Map showing heat detected by satellites at the fire on Fraser Island in Queensland, during the period November 16 through 23, 2020. The large gap shown between the burned areas is because the satellite heat data between October 14 and November 15, 2020 was not available.

A large wildfire is burning on Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Since it started October 14 it has grown to 46 miles in length, north to south, covering much of the 76-mile long island.

Officials from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) believe it started from an illegal cooking fire that was not completely extinguished.

Satellite photo showing the fire on Fraser Island in Queensland, October 16, 2020
Satellite photo showing the fire on Fraser Island in Queensland, October 16, 2020 a few days after it was reported.
Satellite photo showing the fire on Fraser Island
Satellite photo showing the fire on Fraser Island in Queensland, November 20, 2020.

At of 2:15 p.m. Sunday November 22, the QFES reported the fire was north of Moon Point Road East, and was west of Northern Road.

Crews from the QFES are assisting Parks and Wildlife rangers working to contain the blaze with the use of back burns, assisted by Conair’s Q400 air tanker which has been dropping on the fire, reloading at Bundaberg.

No homes or private property were directly threatened as of November 20.

Judging from the satellite data, the fire appeared to burn in a mosaic pattern, leaving unburned areas scattered throughout the fire’s footprint.

Fraser Island, a World Heritage-listed national park, is the world’s largest sand island (covering 410,000 acres), with rainforests, pristine freshwater lakes, seafront rock pools, colored sand cliffs, massive dunes and more than 75 miles of unspoiled beachfront facing the Pacific Ocean.