Bush Fires, Sydney

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  • All that's left
    All that's left
    by iandsmith
  • Count the choppers
    Count the choppers
    by iandsmith
  • Bush Fires
    by bobiko

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    You've never seen fires like it!

    by colin_bramso Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    The bushfire season obviously goes through summer, November through February, and the worst time is usually Christmas/New Year. In drought conditions, which is a regular occurence, the danger period is much longer.

    This is a time of extreme danger, and not only in the bush. The Blue Mountains are often hit and, because Sydney has many natural bush parks - and the oil in our ubiquitous eucalypt trees is highly flammable - raging fires can come right into the suburbs. Obey the warning signs, do not drop cigarette ends, do not light fires if a fire ban has been declared.

    See my Wollongong page for what happens in one of our bushfires...

    Daily Telegraph photo.

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    A pall in the sky

    by iandsmith Written Nov 11, 2007

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    There's nothing quite like a raging bushfire. You can have ample warning and still it can overrun you.
    When driven by a strong westerly wind that skips trees and lights gaseous fireballs created by oil evapourating from the eucalypts, it is a frightening thing to behold.
    Everything is scorched, native fauna the most pitiful sight as koalas and kangaroos are burnt, unable to escape the fury.
    As for the flora, pics 2 and 5 clearly illustrate what's left after this fire through the Central Coast, just north of Sydney though its pall cast a shadow over Sydney's northern suburbs.
    The moral is, don't throw cigarettes out of the car window, as I have seen some thoughtless people do on occasions, or even contemplate lighting anything, even a seemingly protected back yard barbecue. As evidenced here, the price is too high to pay.

    A pall over Sydney All that's left Count the choppers The helicopters were everywhere Only the strong remain
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