An out-of-control bush fire that has burned for four days could scorch more of Western Australia on Tuesday as strong winds fan the flames. About 100 firefighters were battling the blaze in Western Australia’s Beekeepers Nature Reserve, about 300 km north of Perth. By the end of Monday, the fire was believed to have destroyed about 50,000 ha of scrub. Nobody was reported injured in the blaze in largely uninhabited bush.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is responsible for the management of fire prevention and suppression on public lands in Victoria. The last updated bushfire statistic of 5 January 2000 shows 2 contained and 6 controlled fires. The locations of these fires are displayed in the statewide fire situation map below.
Fig.1. Statewide Fire Situation Map of Victoria, 5 January 2000 (Source: NRE)
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued on 5 January 2000 an updated forecast for Northern Territory:
North of Tennant Creek… Isolated showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon and evening. Generally light winds.
South of Tennant Creek… Cloudy periods. Fine apart from isolated showers in the west. Easterly winds, fresh and gusty at times in the morning.
Fire Danger Very high in the southern Barkly region.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Victoria offers a very comprehensive web site with information on fire management. In their web site current reports are provided with statistics on the fire season. Extensive background information is included along with several links to related web sites.
Satellite Remote Sensing Services Department of Land Administration (DOLA) http://www.rss.dola.wa.gov.au/apps/firewatch.html The Satellite Remote Sensing Services (SRSS) of the Department of Land Administration provides near real time hot spot detection and burned scar mapping for western Australia. In the Firewatch project the SRSS detects hotspots throughout Western Australia using the thermal channel of the NOAA AVHRR sensor on a daily basis.