GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

 Fires in Australia

01 December 2004

State wide Fire Update
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), National Parks and Wildlife Service, State Forestsand NSW Fire Brigades crews will continue to work on a number of fires aroundthe state overnight, with firefighters focusing their efforts on fires nearParkes and Nambucca Heads.
Over 500 personnel are currently working on more than 23 fires across the state,that have been fanned by strong winds and extreme temperatures.
The fire at Parkes, north of Alectown, has burnt out around 1500 hectares and isbeing pushed by strong winds towards Alectown. Residents have been advised abouthow to prepare for the impact of the fire and extra resources are en route toprotect properties in the area.

Firefighters will be working hard to stop the fire from spreading into GoobangNational Park overnight and aircraft will be available at first light tomorrowif required.

A fire burning just west of Stuarts Point has closed the Pacific Highway betweenMacksville and Kempsey and will be re-opened once the fire has passed. The firehas burnt out over 50 hectares of Tamban State Forest and more RFS resources areen route.

No Total Fire Bans are in place for NSW tomorrow.

Message sent: 01/12/2004 at 05:32PM

RFS continues to work on NSW Fires
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), National Parks and Wildlife Service, State Forestsand NSW Fire Brigades crews continue to work on a number of fires around thestate today, including four significant fires in Gosford, Parkes, Armidale andCobar.
Over 80 firefighters in 13 tankers are continuing to work on a fire in RumbalaraReserve in Gosford that started last night, but has not threatened any property.Crews backburned overnight on the southern and northern edges of the fire andwill work on containment of the 20 hectare fire today. Crews from Hornsby andWarringah Pittwater are being deployed to assist local crews today.

About 30 firefighters from the RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Service arecurrently working on a fire 20 kilometres north of Parkes that has burnt outover 1200 hectares. Two fixed wing aircraft are working on water bombingoperations to suppress the fire which was being pushed by 20 Kph southwesterlywinds.

A fire in Cobar, 30 kilometres southwest of Nymagee moved quickly yesterdayunder northwesterly winds and burnt out around 640 hectares of scrub andgrasslands. RFS firefighters worked with a fixed wing aircraft and will continuecontainment strategies today.

RFS and National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are continuing to workon a fire that has burnt out about 2160 hectares of bushland north of WaterfallWay in the Cathedral Rock National Park. Crews are working with two helicoptersand there is currently no threat to property.

Weather conditions for today are expected to be extreme in some areas and TotalFire Bans have been declared for the Far North Coast, North Coast, GreaterHunter, Greater Sydney Region, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Central Ranges, NorthernSlopes, North Western, Upper Central West Plains, Lower Central West Plains andFar Western Fire Areas.

Message sent: 01/12/2004 at 12:37PM

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