Bush and Forest Fires in Australia: 17 February 2000

Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

17 February 2000

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 17 February 2000 shows 1 contained fire and 21 controlled fires. The locations of these fires are displayed in the statewide fire situation map below.

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Fig.1. Statewide Fire Situation Map of Victoria, 17 February 2000
(Source: National Ressources and Environment)

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued on 17 February 2000 an updated forecast for Northern Territory:
North of the Alice Springs region…
Scattered showers and thunderstorms with areas of rain. Moderate to heavy falls over the western Top End and northern Victoria River region may cause significant stream rises and flooding of low lying areas. Moderate northwest winds, tending fresh and gusty on the west coast.

Alice Springs region…
Cloudy areas with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the west. Isolated showers extending throughout during the afternoon and evening. Moderate
northeast winds.

Fire Danger
Moderate in the Alice Springs region.

As fire restrictions apply during the fire season, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology/South Australian Regional Office issued on 17 February 2000 the fire danger ratings for following districts.

Fire Ban District Fire Danger Rating

Northwest Pastoral


Northeast Pastoral

high to very high

West Coast

very high

Eastern Eyre Peninsula

very high

Lower Eyre Peninsula

very high


very high

Mid North

very high

Mount Lofty Ranges

very high

Adelaide Metropolitan


Yorke Peninsula

very high

Kangaroo Island

high to very high


very high


very high

Upper South East

very high

Lower South East

very high

Please have also a look on a list of links for information on Australian Fire Management Agencies:

Australasian Fire Authorities Council

The home page of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council coordinates the diverse range of activities of the different australian agencies concerned about fire


The firebreak newsletter provides a very extensive homepage with information about fire fighting in Australia, downloadable java scripts for calculating fire weather and various links to related sites

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Victoria

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)
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.

For more informations on Australia go to the IFFN country files.

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