Wednesday 8th January 2003

A Total Fire Ban was in place, when a dry storm passed over the ACT through to Victoria in the afternoon.

In the ACT the first smoke was recorded from Mt Coree fire tower; over the next hour numerous smoke sightings were reported. Three fires were within Namadgi National Park at Mt Gingera, Stockyard Spur and north west of Bendora Dam.

Several other fires were reported in NSW at McIntyres Hut, Yarrangobilly, Broken Cart and Mt Morgan. Aerial observations confirmed these locations and provided information about the size and behaviour of the fires. ACT Bushfire vehicles were sent to the Bendora and Stockyard Spur Fires. Water bombing took place but access could be gained only to the Bendora fire by the bushfire units.

The McIntyres Hut fire shortly after ignition.

Shortly after ignition, the McIntyres Hut fire commenced a strong uphill burn onto Webbs Ridge in Brindabella National Park, viewed here from Uriarra.

Photograph © Jeff Cutting

Bendora fire off Wombat Road at dusk

The bottom edge of the Bendora Fire in sub-alpine (Mountain Gum) forest off Wombat Road at dusk.

Photograph © Jeff Cutting

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