GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia 

9 January 2004


Firefighters successfully protecting property at Wilton – 6pm

Over 125 firefighters in 30 units are working on containmentlines and ensuring properties are well covered at a fire north of Wilton, in Wollondilly Shire.
The fire has spread very little during the day. Difficult afternoon winds arecausing some spotting activity around Broughton Rd and Wilton Rd, Wilton,however, crews are successfully working with residents to ensure they areprotected.
The fire is putting up a large plume of black smoke as it moves in inaccessiblegullies. As the winds cause spotting activity crews are moving to the back ofrural residential properties where it is being aggressively attacked. In somecases firefighters are hosing homes down to ensure they are protected. Theseconditions are expected to continue for another couple of hours.
Firefighters and aircraft have also had some success with an area of AllensCreek near the F5 freeway where they fire is now only smouldering. A Remote AreaFirefighting Team from Sydney Catchment Authority is working in the area whereF5 crosses Allens Creek. Firefighters want to limit the possibility of the firemoving under the freeway into gorge country at this point.
The fire has burned 550ha after starting near the Condell Park propertyyesterday.
The fire moved very little overnight with low temperatures and high humidityassisting firefighters.
Overnight the fire moved to cross Allens Creek just north of Wilton and theCataract Gorge.
Douglas Park Drive and Wilton Rd have been closed due to smoke hamperingvisibility and tanker activity.
Crews continue will work in the area overnight to ensure properties areprotected and do containment work where required.
Firefighters are working hard on containment and will aggressively attack thefire as it comes into open country from gully systems.
Weather conditions are not expected to affect the fire greatly at this stagehowever firefighters will constantly monitor the situation as they work oncontainment.
09/01/2004 at 05:52PM

Ku-ring-gai Chase fire warning to Duffys Forest and TerryHills

More than 500 firefighters are working on a number of firesacross NSW, the two main areas of activity being  Ku-ring-gai ChaseNational Park to the north of Sydney and a fire just north of Wilton inWollondilly Shire, south west of Sydney.
Warning extended to Terry Hills and Duffys Forest

The fire in Ku-ring-gai National Park has flared this afternoon causing spottingactivity and breaches of containments lines.

The fire recently spotted over McCarrs Ck Rd and is running in a southerlydirection. Agencies are asking residents of Terry Hills and Duffys Forest to beaware of fire in their area and take appropriate precautions.

A hazard reduction was done to the north of these areas just three months ago.The 1km wide hazard reduction is likely to stop the actual fire reachingproperties, however, ember attack may occur.

Because of the hazard reduction work has been done around these areas residentsare asked to remain with properties at this stage to work around their homes, toclear combustibles from structures, leaf litter from gutters and preparefirefighting equipment  if they are able-bodied, dressed appropriately andwell prepared.

No evacuations have been issued at this stage.

The fire has burnt about 1000ha since it began yesterday.

The fire was spotting southeast of containment lines  near Cottage Pt Rdand the corner of McCarrs Ck Rd and West Head Rd this afternoon.

Overnight the fire moved up a ridge and over West Head Road south of Elvina BayTrack and north of the West Head Rd junction with General San Martin Dr.

More than 300 firefighters from RFS, NPWS and NSW Fire Brigades are working inthe area in 45 appliances supported by aircraft. Crews have been preparingperimeter lines around Pittwater foreshore communities since last night.

Because of the spread of the fire overnight, firefighters also asked thecommunities of Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay, Church Point, Bayview, Tower Bay andScotland Island to be aware of fire in the area and take the proper precautionsaround their properties.

Firefighters have worked extensively in these areas doing backburning.

Members of the public are asked to avoid McCarrs Ck Rd, which is closed fromChurch Point to Terry Hills and use alternate routes. Boaters are also asked tostay clear of the area particularly Akuna Bay. A pumper is stationed at themarina.

Access to Church Point through Terry Hills is restricted to residents only.Access to Cottage Point is through Terry Hills only and is restricted toresidents.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is closed until further notice as a result ofbushfires in the area.

Road closures in the area include:

· McCarrs Creek Road between Church Point and Terry Hills
· West Head Road
· Liberator General San Martin Drive
· Ku-ring-gai Chase Road between Mt Colah and Bobbin Head, expected to openlater today
· Bobbin Head Road between North Turramurra and Bobbin Head, expected to openlater today

Access to Cottage Point, and access to Church Point via Terry Hills, arerestricted to residents only. Access to Ku-ring-gai Chase Road and Bobbin HeadRoad are restricted to employees of Halvorsen Boats only until the road reopens.

All motorists are asked to drive carefully because of the possibility of smokeand emergency vehicles on nearby roads. Boaters are also asked to stay clear ofthe areas around McCarrs Creek and south-western Pittwater.
09/01/2004 at 05:17PM

500 firefighters focus on containment lines – 1.45pm

More than 500 firefighters are working on a number of firesacross NSW, the two main areas of activity being  Ku-ring-gai ChaseNational Park to the north of Sydney and a fire just north of Wilton inWollondilly Shire, south west of Sydney.

Pittwater Foreshore Communities Warned about Fire

The fire in Ku-ring-gai National Park has flared this afternoon causing spottingactivity and breaches of containments lines, however, there is no threat toproperty at this stage.

The fire has burnt about 1000ha since it began yesterday.

The fire is spotting southeast of current containment lines  near CottagePt Rd and the corner of McCarrs Ck Rd and West Head Rd.

Fallback containment lines will be used and crews are continuing to focus onbackburning and containment line work.

Overnight the fire moved up a ridge and over West Head Road south of Elvina BayTrack and north of the West Head Rd junction with General San Martin Dr.

About 300 firefighters from RFS, NPWS and NSW Fire Brigades are working in thearea in 45 appliances supported by six helicopters. Crews have been preparingperimeter lines around Pittwater foreshore communities since last night.

Extra resources are in foreshore communities today.

Because of the spread of the fire overnight, firefighters are asking thecommunities of Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay, Church Point, Bayview, Tower Bay andScotland Island to be aware of fire in the area and take the proper precautionsaround their properties.

The fire is not directly impacting these communities at this time but they willexperience significant smoke impact and may experience ember attack if windscause the fire to spot.

Firefighters have worked extensively in these areas overnight to ensurecommunities are prepared. Residents are asked to clear combustibles away fromtheir homes, leaf litter out of gutters and prepare firefighting equipment suchas hoses, buckets and pumps in case they are required.

Members of the public are asked to avoid McCarrs Ck Rd, which is closed fromChurch Point to Terry Hills and use alternate routes. Boaters are also asked tostay clear of the area particularly Akuna Bay. A pumper is stationed at themarina.

Access to Church Point through Terry Hills is restricted to residents only.Access to Cottage Point is through Terry Hills only and is restricted toresidents.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is closed until further notice as a result ofbushfires in the area.

Road closures in the area include:

· McCarrs Creek Road between Church Point and Terry Hills
· West Head Road
· Liberator General San Martin Drive
· Ku-ring-gai Chase Road between Mt Colah and Bobbin Head, expected to openlater today
· Bobbin Head Road between North Turramurra and Bobbin Head, expected to openlater today

Access to Cottage Point, and access to Church Point via Terry Hills, arerestricted to residents only. Access to Ku-ring-gai Chase Road and Bobbin HeadRoad are restricted to employees of Halvorsen Boats only until the road reopens.

All motorists are asked to drive carefully because of the possibility of smokeand emergency vehicles on nearby roads. Boaters are also asked to stay clear ofthe areas around McCarrs Creek and south-western Pittwater.

Wollondilly

Over 70 firefighters in 21 units are working on containment lines at a firenorth of Wilton, west of Appin in Wollondilly Shire.

The fire moved very little overnight with low temperatures and high humidityassisting firefighters.

The fire has burned 550ha after starting near the Condell Park propertyyesterday.

Overnight the fire moved to cross Allens Creek just north of Wilton and theCataract Gorge. The fire has not moved greatly today, however it is causing alot of black smoke as it burns in heavily fuelled areas of Allens Creek.

There are no concerns for properties at this stage however, crews continue towork on backburning activities around Douglas Park Rd and north of Wilton toensure residential areas are protected and containment lines are established.

A Remote Area Firefighting Team from Sydney Catchment Authority is working inthe area where F5 crosses Allens Creek. Firefighters are working to limit thepossibility of the fire moving under the freeway into gorge country at thispoint if a northeasterly wind affects the blaze.

Residents and motorists can expect to see smoke and tanker activity but the fireis not causing major concerns.

Weather conditions are not expected to affect the fire greatly at this stagehowever firefighters will constantly monitor the situation as they work oncontainment.
09/01/2004 at 01:37PM

Two focus areas for firefighters on Sydney outskirts – 8am

More than 300 firefighters worked on two main areas of fire lastnight with patrols continuing on a number of other fires around NSW.
The main focus of activity this morning will be the fire in Ku-ring-gai ChaseNational Park to the north of Sydney and a fire just north of Wilton inWollondilly Shire, south west of Sydney.
About 500 firefighters are expected to work across the state today.

 Pittwater Foreshore Communities Warned about Fire

Local winds have steadily pushed the fire in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parktowards West Head Rd area. The fire is about 1000ha.

The fire has moved up a ridge and over this road south of Elvina Bay Track andnorth of the West Head Rd junction with General San Martin Dr.

More than 250 firefighters worked in the area overnight doing extensivebackburning operations around Akuna Bay and General San Martin Drive andpreparing perimeter lines around Pittwater foreshore communities.

Extra resources from NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and NSW Fire Brigades and NPWS will be in foreshore communities today.

Because of the spread of the fire overnight, firefighters are now asking thecommunities of Elvina Bay, Lovett Bay, Church Point, Bayview, Tower Bay andScotland Island to be aware of fire in the area and take the proper precautionsaround their properties.

The fire is not directly impacting these communities at this time but they willprobably experience significant smoke impact and may experience ember attack ifwinds cause the fire to spot.

Firefighters have worked extensively in these areas overnight to ensurecommunities are prepared. Residents are asked to clear combustibles away fromtheir homes, leaf litter out of gutters and prepare firefighting equipment suchas hoses, buckets and pumps in case they are required.

Members of the public are asked to avoid McCarrs Ck Rd, which is closed fromChurch Point to Terry Hills and use alternate routes. Boaters are also asked tostay clear of the area particularly Akuna Bay. A pumper is stationed at themarina.

Access to Church Point through Terry Hills is restricted to residents only.Access to Cottage Point is through Terry Hills only and is restricted toresidents.

Incident Controller Chris Macitosh said the fire has been maintained south ofthe Elvina Bay track and this is good news for the residents of Elvina andLovett Bay.

The IC reinforced that it is preferable for residents to remain at home if wellprepared and health not affected by smoke.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, in Sydney’s north, is closed until furthernotice as a result of bushfires in the area.

Road closures in the area include:

· McCarrs Creek Road between Church Point and Terry Hills
· West Head Road
· Liberator General San Martin Drive
· Ku-ring-gai Chase Road between Mt Colah and Bobbin Head, expected to openlater today
· Bobbin Head Road between North Turramurra and Bobbin Head, expected to openlater today

Access to Cottage Point, and access to Church Point via Terry Hills, arerestricted to residents only. Access to Ku-ring-gai Chase Road and Bobbin HeadRoad are restricted to employees of Halvorsen Boats only until the road reopens.

All motorists are asked to drive carefully because of the possibility of smokeand emergency vehicles on nearby roads. Boaters are also asked to stay clear ofthe areas around McCarrs Creek and south-western Pittwater.

Wollondilly

The fire near Wilton/Appin moved very little overnight with low temperatures andhigh humidity assisting firefighters who were patrolling particularly around theDouglas Park Drive area.

The fire did move to cross Allens Creek just north of Wilton and is burning veryslowly at this time in the gully which is remote and inaccessible.

Crews strengths will increase this morning to over 100 firefighters from RFS andNPWS and aircraft will work in the area from first light. The fire has burntabout 500ha.
09/01/2004 at 07:59AM

The Current Fire Danger Map can be seen here:
http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/index.cfm?cid=28&the_start=1

Source: NSW RuralFire Service

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