Spring / Summer Bushfires 2019 / 2020 Documenting the trail of destruction
I documented several NSW fires beginning in September, putting the reports onto my LinkedIn Posts to make the public aware of my concerns and to gauge their level of interest. I was looking for evidence of bushfire behaviour and suppression strategies and responses and effectiveness. I am not easily shocked by bushfire experiences, but last season did the trick. Our best ever fire agencies are taking us backwards in time to an Age of Darkness.
Here below are the POSTS chronologically, starting in early September 2019. Along the way, I put other more detailed reports on specific fires on the Red Eagle website. They follow this list.
I put them up as POSTS so they would hold their formatting. I could not get the “published article” mechanism to work for me at the time. I will master it one day. In the meantime, I have noticed the POSTS make a copy of the reports, thereby excluding inset URL links. Therefore, to make the papers more accessible, I have now put them onto our website and here are their URL addresses for you. [The numbers below each document are no. of views on LinkedIn up to May 2020.] I will also send them to the bushfire inquiries.
The Gospers Mountain Fire, NSW 2019 – How and Why did it get so large? 10 December 2019 204
Green Wattle Creek fire flare up, NSW December 2019 18 Dec 2019 303
Green Wattle Gully bushfire expansion by maps 29 Dec 2019 107
Meanwhile, what is going on in Victoria? 29 Dec 2019 192
Why was Mallacoota not bushfire-protected? 31 December 2019 448
No time for the Bushfire HQ boys to panic now Gladys and Dan 2 Jan 2019 200
Emergency Messages may be of Questionable Benefit 4 January, 2020 (5.30pm) 138
Tanker flipped by tornado? 8 January 2020 1371
Self-defence of Batlow and Bawley Point 9 January 2020 426
Mallacoota unprepared – bushfire attack and aftermath 1 February 2020 982
These are the more detailed reports for your information:
The Long Gully Bushfire near Drake, NSW Begins September 5, 2019 20 November 2019 Full report, abbreviated version in LinkedIn
The Busbys Flat Bushfire Begins October 4, 2019 (30km East of the Long Gully bushfire) 20 November 2019 Full report, abbreviated version in LinkedIn
Tuncurry Bushfire Begins October 18, 2019 20 November 2019 Full report, abbreviated version in LinkedIn
Currowan Brigade firetruck overrun – watch the fire approach and cross a firebreak – what can we learn?
Anglesea, Victoria – a partially bushfire-protected town Why Partially?
Submissions to the bushfire Inquiries