Saturday 25th January 2003

The McIntyres Fire threatened to jump containment lines in NSW, putting the north side on alert. There were numerous responses to possible fires by crews but all were false alarms caused by the high level of public apprehension.

Sunday 26th January 2003

Most of the fire threats had now subsided in the ACT. Units were being deployed to the southern part of the Territory where there was still active fire.

The Forest Fire Danger Index on Sunday 26th was up into the ‘Extreme’ range again.


Rock Valley


Rock Valley

Photograph © M Doepel


Monday 27th January 2003

Bushfire and Emergency Service crews were now able to start a gradual wind-down, relieving personnel and allowing them to catch up with their families and to assess their own losses. The Queensland taskforce prepared to return home.

The State of Emergency was revoked on 28 January.

It had lasted 10 days.


Task force 186


“Reg East Taskforce 186 Charlie Sector - Adoption Papers for Minto Heights Team - Signed Parents - Gerringong, Bulli, Dapto and Engadine, Wollongong GRP3 - Canberra Fire Fight 1900hrs 27/1/03”

Photograph © M Thompson



Jon & Don


Jon Stanhope, ACT Chief Minister and Donald Bushby, Superintendent Kiama-Shellharbour District NSW Rural Fire Service at farewell of NSW “Taskforce 184/185/186”

Photograph © M Thompson


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