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.

Tasmania fire requires evacuations

map fire George Town, Tasmania
The red dots represent heat produced by a fire in northern Tasmania east of George Town, March 4, 2015.

A 1,700-acre wildfire in northern Tasmania, an island state south of the Australian mainland, forced dozens of residents to evacuate Wednesday afternoon, local time. The fire started Tuesday afternoon during strong winds and was still burning actively on Wednesday, prompting firefighters to call for Bomber 390 (aka Tanker 131), the C-130H air tanker that has been stationed across the Bass Strait at Avalon, Victoria during the down under summer. This map shows the approximate location of the drop made by the air tanker east of George Town, Tasmania.

Authorities said on Wednesday the fire was expected to flare up again on Thursday, when winds are expected to pick up.

‘This fire will be difficult to control,’ the Tasmania Fire Service said in a statement. ‘Burning embers, falling on the township of Lefroy will threaten (homes) before the main fire.’

flight path of Tanker 131
The flight path of Tanker 131 to and from a fire in Tasmania. Down under it is known as Bomber 390.

California: Silverado Fire

(UPDATED at 9:05 a.m. PDT, September 14, 2014)

The Silverado Fire in southern California seven miles southwest of Corona has spread very little over the last 24 hours. A spokesperson for the incident management team, Jake Rodriguez, said 1,084 personnel are assigned and they are calling it 20 percent contained, up from yesterday’s 10 percent. The official size of the fire is 1,600 acres, Mr. Rodriguez said. It is listed in some places on InciWeb at 1,500 acres, but a reliable source tells us that it has burned just under 1,100 acres. The Orange County Fire Authority puts it at 1,220 acres, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

For the second night in a row a night-flying helicopter worked the fire to assist firefighters on the ground.

There have been six minor injuries on the fire, some of them heat related. The high temperatures are again in the forecast for Sunday, with a prediction for 102 degrees, 10 percent relative humidity, and a 15 to 18 mph wind.

Map of Silverado Fire
Map of Silverado Fire at 4 a.m. September 14, 2014. (click to enlarge)


(UPDATED at 10:15 a.m. PDT, September 13, 2014)

T-912 Silverado Fire
Tanker 912, a DC-10, drops on the Silverado Fire September 12, 2014. Photo by Initial Attack Fire Media. (click to enlarge)

The spread of the Silverado Fire in southern California seven miles southwest of Corona was slowed late in the day on Friday by an aggressive initial attack with firefighters on the ground and in the air. It started in the back yard of a home in Silverado Canyon and a few hours later bumped up against the road at the top of the main ridge, the North Main Divide.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates the fire has burned 1,600 acres and they are calling it 10 percent contained. On Saturday morning there were 738 personnel assigned.


(UPDATED at 6:48 p.m. PDT, September 12, 2014)

Mandatory evacuations were ordered late Friday afternoon for some areas near the Silverado Fire which has burned 1,300 acres in southern California seven miles southwest of Corona.

While the temperature at the fire area was quite toasty on Friday, reaching 101 degrees at Temescal 8 miles east of the fire, and the relative humidity was low (in the upper teens), the wind was not a huge factor — 3 to 8 mph, except 11 to 12 between 1 and 3 p.m. Friday night the relative humidity will remain low, in the high 20s. The forecast for Saturday calls for more moderate conditions, with a high of 90 degrees, wind out of the north then west at 1 to 11 mph, and a relative humidity in the low 20s.

The night-flying helicopter, H-531, and the night fixed wing air attack platform based on the nearby Angeles National Forest has been ordered for Friday night.

Tanker 911, a DC-10, dropping on the Silverado Fire
Tanker 911, a DC-10, dropping on the Silverado Fire at 6:08 p.m. PDT 9-12-2014. Screen grab from NBC Los Angeles.

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