Tidbinbilla Valley “Congwarra” Friday night 17th January 2003

Late in the evening of the 17th January 2003 a spotfire was located at the northern end of the Tidbinbilla range. This fire engulfed thousands of hectares during the evening, and made a run to the east. Directly in its path was the property “Congwarra”. Backburns were put in during the night to protect the homestead.

Congwarra backburn

After burning to the top of the Tidbinbilla Range, the Bendora Fire spotted into pine forests in the Oakey Creek area and burnt steadily until 4.00 am, when freshening north-westerly winds accelerated fire activity. A combined ACT and NSW taskforce on property protection duties undertook urgent back burning at "Congwarra" homestead.

Photograph © Jeff Cutting

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