Bush and Forest Fires in Australia: 22 February 2000

Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

22 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 22 February 2000 shows 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, 22 February 2000
(Source: National Ressources and Environment)

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued on 21 February 2000 an updated forecast for Northern Territory:
Gulf Country, Barkly and Alice Springs regions…
Cloudy areas with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Moderate to heavy falls may lead to further flooding of low lying areas. Moderate northwest winds.
Top End and Victoria River region…
Cloudy areas with isolated showers and storms. Moderate northwest winds.

Fire Danger
Low and moderate throughout.

As fire restrictions apply during the fire season, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology/South Australian Regional Office issued on 22 February 2000 the fire danger ratings for following districts.

Fire Ban District Fire Danger Rating

Northwest Pastoral

moderate to high

Northeast Pastoral

moderate to high

West Coast


Eastern Eyre Peninsula


Lower Eyre Peninsula



moderate to high

Mid North

moderate to high

Mount Lofty Ranges


Adelaide Metropolitan


Yorke Peninsula


Kangaroo Island

high in areas uneffected by rain


high in areas uneffected by rain


moderate to high

Upper South East

moderate to high

Lower South East

moderate to 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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