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Extraordinary. Never have we seen anything of the like.
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Fire season comes to a close in NSW
Published Date: 31 Mar 2020
Today marks the official end to the most devastating bush fire season in the state’s history.
NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said this season had been unprecedented in terms of conditions experienced, the loss of lives and property, and the threat to communities across large parts of NSW.
“NSW RFS crews and other agencies have responded to more than 11,400 bush and grass fires that have burnt more than 5.5 million hectares, the equivalent of 6.2% of the state,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“Fires this season have destroyed 2,448 homes; however, the great work of firefighters saw 14,481 homes saved.”
“This season there were six days where areas across NSW recorded catastrophic fire weather conditions.
“At the height of activity, there was on average around 2,500 firefighters in the field each shift with up to 4,000 on days of increased fire danger and impact.
“We have seen a combined inter-agency response from NSW RFS, Fire and Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry Corporation NSW, NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and the Australian Defence Force come together with our interstate colleagues.
“We must also thank the international response and assistance from Canada, the United States and New Zealand.”
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said that most tragically 25 lives were lost, including those of the three NSW RFS volunteers and three US aerial firefighters.
“Our thoughts will forever be with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives.
“We especially pay tribute to the families of Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer from the Horsley Park Brigade and Samuel McPaul from the Morven Brigade, along with US aerial firefighters Ian McBeth, Paul Hudson and Rick DeMorgan Jr.
“Their loss has been felt deeply and we honour the sacrifice they made to selflessly protect communities across NSW.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said all emergency services personnel, especially NSW RFS members, have given so much, spending time away from their families, jobs and loved ones.
“We continue to thank our members’ families, colleagues and employers for allowing our volunteers to provide such a great level of protection to the people of NSW.
“Time and time again, we’ve heard from affected areas how the incredible work of firefighters on the ground, backed up by the crews in the air, have helped save people and property.”
“While we’ve seen unprecedented fire activity, we’ve also seen an unprecedented response from the community – including use of our warnings products like Fires Near Me NSW, and importantly, taking decisive action based on quality media reports and the messages we’ve sent.
“Responding to bush fires is a team effort, and the community across NSW is an important team member.”
“We must also be mindful of all those still enduring the very raw and difficult recovery process as a result of the fires and that efforts are sustained through this very personal challenge.
“While the focus now for all of us is rightly on the Coronavirus response effort, the next bush fire season will begin in only a matter of months, so keep your property prepared and have your bush fire survival plan up to date and discussed with those in your family and household
Shane Fitzsimmons to retire from the RFS.
No words can really describe his efforts during the 19/20 Fire Season.
ACT Legislative assembly is holding a review submissions to be provided by 1 July 2020 link
Reports from the Royal Commission via Peter Hannam and Mike Foley at The Age.
What an amazing man
The Kings Hwy down the escarpment and Princes south to past Mogo looked terrible when MrsOG and I went to the coast at the end of Feb but showing signs of regrowth seven weeks ago. This weekend though it was all green with new growth covering the blackened trunks everywhere.
Stuff all regrowth and still scorched earth around Dargan.
after 2003 fires in NE Vic, green started to come back on the falls creek rd fairly quickly. slower on the hotham rd. on the omeo hwy from the falls creek rd down past the blue duck, it looked like it was never coming back - scorched earth and dead blackened trees everywhere for years. I'm not sure how many years it took, but eventually even that horror desolate stretch has come back. of course we can still see lots of dead trees. falls creek is surrounded by silver hills -the dead trunks of snowgums that have none the less resprouted at the base
Yes. It can take a while. It will come
Growing up in Australia I took it for granted that the bush quickly regenerates after a fire. That isn't normal elsewhere. Our forests are amazingly well adapted to fire. Contrast that to this pic I took last month looking over an area burnt in the 1994 fires around Penticton. This burn will be recognizable as such for decades to come. The snowy peak centre background is Apex Mtn, 2200 ish metres.
Out where @Untele-whippet is there is a fair chance , what does come back and how it comes back will be very different to what was there. The fire was hot enough and the soils shallow enough for some significant ecological change. Also much of the ash bed and seedbank was washed by the deluge that followed. Its more akin to mine rehabilitation, needing to go through sucession and recolonisation from the margins. There will be pockets throughout the Blue Mts like this , where its permanently disrupted, such is the great experiment we are living through called AGW.
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It took about 10 years to look like it used to here. Admittedly, we didn't get that deluge. Tree ferns came back quickly - they don't burn well. But then it was wattles which were never there to start with. Then they all got covered with an ugly vine which looked like a blanket covering the bush. Someone told me not to be concerned because the same thing had been observed here after the '39 fires. Sure enough, after about 2 or 3 years, the vine vanished. Much of the wattle has disappeared. Now, the wildlife is all back (with the addition of unwelcome stowaways like brown snakes), and with the exception of skeletal trees on the horizon and blackened bark still visible on a few trees, you'd hardly know there'd been a fire.
Forgot to mention there was a pitched battle fought to save the top of the hill in centre. Campbell Mtn has an access road to the top for all the telecom towers up there, including VHF repeater used by the firefighter system. Losing that would have made things far worse. I remember seeing two distinct concentric rings of retardant circling the summit made by air tankers over several days. You can see how close it got to the summit, one break was breached but the inner one held. The fire burned for over a month and 30 homes were lost. My place is out of sight to the left, about 2.5 km from Campbell Mtn peak as the raven flies. Evacuated for almost a week although no homes were lost on our street.