GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

4 February 2002

Fire Weather Forecast for the Pacific Region

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Fire Weather Index for the
Pacific Region for 5 February 2002.
(Source: ECPCFire Weather Index Forecast)

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 1 February 2002 shows7 controlled fires. The locations of these fires are displayed in the statewide fire situation map below.

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Fig.2. Statewide Fire Situation Map of Victoria, 4 February 2002
(for legend of symbols see: National Resources and Environment)

ModisLand Rapid Response System

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Fig.3. These images were acquired by the Moderate-resolution
Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on 4 February 2002
are showing fires burning in Australia. For details see:
and image search support at:
(For earlier satellite images: see Australia fire updates of 30
December 2001 – 30 January 2002)

The Age Company
An animated map “The trail of Destruction” generated by The Age Company (2001) shows the development of fires starting on Boxing Day 2001:

CSA RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch 

CSA RADARSAT-1 Disaster Watch offers the following scenes covering the Australia fires:

  •  02 Jan 02 08:36:29 UTC; S1; cycle 93 orbit 184.89987 duration 0.00900; OBR -GSS orbit 186.3128)

  •  03 Jan 02 19:21:21 UTC; S2; cycle 93 orbit 205.59160 duration 0.00900; OBR -GSS orbit 207.0713)

  •  05 Jan 02 08:48:54 UTC; F3N-16; cycle 93 orbit 227.89808 duration 0.00910; OBR -GSS orbit 229.3107)

  •  07 Jan 02 19:04:47 UTC; F4; cycle 93 orbit 262.59390 duration 0.00883; OBR -GSS orbit 264.00652)

  • 17 Jan 2002 19:13:30 UTC; S3-16; cycle 94 orbit 62.59712 duration 0.00996; OBR -GSS orbit 65.0656)

For more information see:

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is the National Meteorological Service for Australia and provides essential meteorological services to all sectors of the Australian community.

Fire danger:
Northern Territory High in the Alice Springs and Barkly Districts. Western Australia CENTRAL WEST High to Very High  LOWER WEST High  CENTRAL WHEATBELT High GREAT SOUTHERN High  SOUTHWEST High  SOUTH COASTAL High  TOWN OF PORT HEDLAND Very High SHIRE OF ROEBOURNE Very High SHIRE OF ASHBURTON Very High SHIRE OF EAST PILBARA Very High  KIMBERLEY Fire season finished

Latest News on Forest Fires in Australia:

  • see: Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics:

  • Daily updated archive of fire news and reports,  26 December 2001 until 11 January 2002 (published by The Sydney Morning Herald):

  • For regular fire update information: See Website of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service:

For more information on Australia see the IFFN country notes and have a look at the Australian and New Zealand links.
For background Information see also: Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics

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