Very little rain in the last month or two, temperatures of 30°C or more and wind. Together they are the three ingredients for bushfires as I explained in my post Fire Safety in Australia: Prepare, stay and defend or go early.
Sadly I have to return to this subject again, it’s been a particularly tough week for New South Wales. It all started with a bizarre fire that jumped from car to car destroying 43 vehicles parked at Sydney Olympic Park.
It seems some doughnut brained idiot may have been responsible when he (or she) tossed a cigarette butt onto the grass. What started off as a grass fire ended up in something much worse.
But that, unfortunately, was nothing compared with what was to follow.
No matter where you live in the world, I’m sure you’ve heard of the fires that are raging around Sydney right now. Already 200 homes or more have been lost in what has been described as an “unparalleled” emergency, these are the worst bushfires that New South Wales has seen for 45 years.
So far one man has lost his life trying to defend his home and there are obvious concerns for the safety of others in the area. Firefighters have admitted that it is almost impossible for them to stop this without the help of rain and their concern is that two or three fires may join together to form one “mega-fire”.
Not long ago I wrote about the residents of Charleville praying for rain; that is now what the people in New South Wales are also praying for.
Tonight, this is how it looked at around 9:15 PM. Here’s the location of the bushfires that are causing the most concern, they are mainly in the Blue Mountains. You’ll see that I have marked Richmond in a blue circle to act as your reference point.
Courtesy of Unorthodox
Now, here’s a radar image of the rainfall in the area, this time I have marked Richmond in a red circle…
Courtesy of BOM.
It’s oh so close, but frustratingly I fear that this rain is falling a few kilometres south of where it is really needed.
Bushfire season has got off to a bad start and not only are we praying for rain, but we are also praying for everyone’s safety. To find out more about bushfires, please read Bushfires in Australia: What Are the Risks?
Update: Within five days of writing this post, all bushfires in the areas mentioned had been brought under control.