The Cotter Road Saturday 18th January 2003

“The flames, so impressive at a many-kilometre distance, began to show a very real menace. The smoke columns from the two fires were meeting directly over our heads and blocking out the sun. A lone helicopter was seen passing by to the north, and then it got busy.”

Lindsay Gorrie, Grose Wold-Hawkesbury
Volunteer Brigade, NSW RFS


Cotter Road


McIntyres Fire approaching rural properies on Cotter Road.

Photograph © B Jeffries

“Moving back outside you walked into a surreal environment. The atmosphere was orange air filled with smoke, ash and embers. The heat was still intense.”

Lindsay Gorrie, Grose Wold-Hawkesbury
Volunteer Brigade, NSW RFS

“I was seeing flame heights two to three times the height of trees, but what impressed me was the flame depth - between 50 to 100 metres.”

Ian McArthur (aboard RAN Squirrel chopper “Taipan 84”)

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