According to the news a bushfire destroyed 13 000 hectares of pasture land in the Crookwell area in New South Wales. The gouvernor of New South Wales, Bob Carr, declared on Thursday the state of emergency for the area, 175 Kilometer southwest of Sydney. More than 400 fire fighters were dispatched to the fire. The fire started on Wednesday and was favoured by dry conditions and strong winds. It was feared that the flames will reach the Abercrombie national park. According to the latest news the fire is at the moment contained.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued high fire danger for Western Australia and over the Alice Springs region, high to very high for South Australia (extreme for Northeast Pastoral) and high to very high fire danger in New South Wales and Victoria. For the up-to-date fire weather information of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/.
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.