Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia

14 January 2008


Lightning from storms over the weekend caused more than 40 fires in north east Victoria and southern New South Wales. Two fires are still balzing out of control, the other fires were in state forests and were quickly contained. The largest fire, at Wingan River 30 kilometres south-west of Cann River, has burnt 150 hectares of state forest.

More than a dozen fires are burning around Tasmania. A 750-hectare bushfire at Coningham in southern Tasmania and a fire which has burnt almost 300 hectares at Prossers Forest north of Launceston has been contained by the fire service.
A bushfire that started yesterday at Goshen, northeast of St Helens, fanned by gale force 100km/h winds, jumped the Tasman Highway and had threatened the towns of Priory and Ansons Bay. The fire had spread to about 770ha, carving a 5km fire front through rugged terrain. The wind has eased today and no properties are under threat. The blaze was mostly burning in state forest with about 20 per cent of the fire spreading to private property, including a tree plantation.

Sentinel Fire Mapping

Information obtained from the Sentinel Fire mapping system provides the following fire location data in Australia for 14 January 2008.

Sentinel Fire Mapping is a mapping tool designed to provide timely fire location data to emergency service managers across Australia. The mapping system allows users to identify fire locations that pose a potential risk to communities and property (Source: sentinel1.ga.gov.au)

The current situation in Australia is covered by a number of detailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):

Further Information on the Fire Situation in Australia:

SA Country Fire Service http://www.cfs.org.au/  Near-Real Time Wildland Fire Monitoring http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/current/au_ciro.htm  Current weather situation, forecasts, fireweather http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/tas/ More Information on Australian Fires IFFN country notes Further Information Australian and New Zealand links Background information Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics


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