Firefighters in New South Wales are concerned about the drier than normal conditions as they enter the bush fire season.
(Originally published at 3:26 MDT March 27, 2018)
These satellite images show before and after photos of the March 18, 2018 bushfire that started southeast of Bega, NSW, Australia, and burned into Tathra, destroying at last count 69 homes.
The images were captured by the Sentinel-2 satellite system (March 26, 2018, 11:02 am local time) and were analyzed by BigDataEarth.com.
Above: A fire burns structures in Tathra, New South Wales. Photo credit: NSW Rural Fire Service.
(Updated at 8:30 a.m. MDT March 19, 2018, US time)
At least 69 homes were destroyed and 39 damaged in the bushfire that spread into the coastal community of Tathra in New South Wales according to the Rural Fire Service.
As the fire ran into the town many residents took refuge on the beach, but very strong winds, smoke, and blowing sand convinced some to leave and head for the evacuation center in Bega.
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) March 19, 2018
The fire has burned approximately 1,200 hectares (2,965 acres).
First aerial pictures this morning show the full extent of the #Tathra bushfires. You can still see fires burning in houses and firefighters battling live blazes: https://t.co/7GTxGiFR4m pic.twitter.com/HUAj7a7hZ9
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) March 18, 2018
(Originally published at 11:03 a.m. MDT March 18, 2018, US time)
A fire that started southeast of Bega, New South Wales has burned east to the Pacific coast destroying homes in its path. The official tally of the affected structures is not available but Campbell Fuller, communications director of the Insurance Council of Australia, said “We are hearing several dozen properties” burned.
From the Daily Telegraph:
Earlier on Sunday night Bega Valley Shire Council mayor Kristy McBain said up to 35 homes had been lost and the concern was now about people stuck in Tathra as the roads in and out of the town were closed.
Many of the destroyed homes were in the small coastal community of Tathra, population 1,622. After the fire ran east for 5 miles (8 km) from the Bega area to the coast, jumping the Bega River, the wind shifted to come out of the south, slowing the spread. Officials advised residents to continue to monitor conditions and be prepared to enact their bush fire survival plan should the fire threaten again. The evacuation center is at Bega Showground.
— ABC Emergency (@ABCemergency) March 18, 2018
The NSW Rural Fire Service video below shows Air Tanker 390 making a drop in Tathra.
Firefighters and aircraft still working to protect homes around Tathra. A lot of hard work ahead of them. Sadly, a number of homes and buildings have been destroyed today. The VLAT from @EMV_news is providing assistance. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/On0IBYh0UA
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) March 18, 2018
The latest size of the fire released by the Rural Fire service at 23:10 March 18 local time was 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres).
(This article was first published on Fire Aviation)
Click on the image above to start the video. Then, to see a second video, click on the arrow on the right side of the image.
Instagram user “charltondurie” grabbed this photo and video of Air Tanker 912, a DC-10, dropping retardant on a fire about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia that has burned 1,880 ha (4,645 acres) northeast of Taralga between Bannaby and Wombeyan Caves.
A huge fire in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri has blackened over 57,880 hectares (143,000 acres).
Lightning ignited multiple fires across the Blue Mountains and Yengo National Parks in NSW Monday evening. There are two fires burning in remote areas to the north of the Great Western Highway in the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains National Park and an additional six fires south of the Great Western Highway and north of Warragamba Dam in the Blue Labyrinth, Blue Mountains National Park. The aircraft is named “Nancy Bird” after an Australian aviatrix.
There is also one fire in the Yengo National Park, east of the Putty Road in the Hawkesbury.
These lightning fires are burning in remote areas. NSW Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife Remote Area Firefighters have worked to establish and consolidate containment lines with the support of air tankers.
Above: The Pilliga Fire 60 km southwest of Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia. Modified Copernicus Sentinel satellite data processed by Pierre Markuse.
(Originally published at 8:46 MST January 19, 2018)
The Pilliga Fire in Australia between #Coonabarabran and #Narrabri has burned approximately 20,000 hectares (49,400 acres) in New South Wales, requiring the closure of the Newell Highway. The fire is burning near Dipper Road, Dandry, in the Pilliga Forest west of the highway.
The Rural Fire Service reports that smoke is likely to drift across the Wee Waa, Gwabegar, and Baradine areas. There is, however, no current threat to homes.
On Saturday January 13 a bushfire near Masonite Road threatened the communities of Tomago, Williamtown, and Raymond Terrace 17 Km north of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
(If you don’t see the video below shot from an air attack aircraft, click HERE.)
Emergency Warning: Masonite Rd fire, Tomago. Fire moving in Nth’ly direction away from Cabbage Tree Rd towards Raymond Terrace & Campvale areas. Residents on SE side of Raymond Terrace & those in Campvale area advised to seek shelter as the fire approaches https://t.co/uoCV1J7lWGpic.twitter.com/E0PK23q90m
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 13, 2018
The weather changed, bringing a little precipitation after it had burned 1,381 hectares (3,412 acre), slowing the spread. For a while the Newcastle airport was closed due to visibility reduced by smoke.
The fire was fought by 66 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. They were assisted by helicopters and Air Tanker 912, a DC-10 that was recently renamed “Nancy Bird” in honor of an Australian aviatrix.