The assistance is very much appreciated. I am certain to those on the ground in the fire areas the sight of that kiwi on the fuselage will be very welcome. I have just returned from the Evans head Fly-In on the far north coast. The extent of the areas burned by those fires is just staggering. When you drive at 110km/hr along the motorway and it seemed like in one area it was 45 mins before anything was green and not burned to a crisp. The danger is not past despite the fires in those areas being extinguished. Now the crews are going along and removing all the dangerous trees (burned and a danger to the public on the roads) and there are literally tens of thousands of them....
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In response to the request of the Australian Government, DM ad interim issued an order to implement International Disaster Relief Operation. #JMOD/#JSDF will transport goods and personnel by deploying C130H aircraft, and make utmost effort to support for people in #Australia.
Wow! @nzairforce NH90 conducting deck qualification on @australian_Navy HMAS Adelaide during support to #OpBushfireAssist GALLERY: images.defence.gov.au/S20200337 pbs.twimg.com/media/EOXk3idU0AAFM2K.jpg
Canberra fires: worst bushfires threat since 2003, chief minister says – live news
Evacuation centres set up and RFS volunteers recalled as fire threatens southern ACT suburbs and NSW border.
A quick summary of what we know about the fire so far:
The bushfire began in Namadgi national park, a rugged mountainous area in the ACT’s south.
The fire was ignited by heat from a military helicopter’s landing light. The helicopter was in the area assisting with surveillance and land clearing operations. Defence says it has stopped using the lights and is investigating the incident.
The bushfire has now burned through more than 4,600 hectares. It is threatening rural areas in the south of the territory, including the village of Tharwa, which sits in the foothills. Tharwa residents are being told it is too late to leave and to take shelter.
The fire is erratic and out-of-control. It is spotting 5km ahead of the fire front. The fire has created its own weather pattern and is burning to the north-east and east. At one point, the fire was growing 400 hectares every hour. A total fire ban is in place and there is low humidity and moderate winds.
Authorities expect the fire to begin starting spot fires within 1km of the ACT’s southernmost suburb, Banks, this evening. Residents in Banks are not yet being told to leave. They are being told to monitor conditions closely and activate their bushfire survival plans, as are residents of neighbouring Calwell, Gordon, and Conder.
Conditions will deteriorate into the evening. Winds are expected to strengthen, reaching gusts of up to 40km/h.
The ACT chief minister, Andrew Barr, has described the conditions as the worst since 2003, when a bushfire that began in the mountains swept through the city, destroying 470 houses and killing four.
Across the city, thick plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the mountains.
Evacuation centres have been opened at Dickson college, in the inner-north of the city, and Erindale College in Wanniassa to the south. Exhibition Park is also open for those with horses. Further evacuation centres are being prepared this evening.
I'll echo Ando's thanks to No.3 Sqn RNZAF for their help and assistance during the current bushfire disaster.
Further to Errol's post above, the end of Canberra I live in is the end now currently under threat. We have had small bushfires - usually the result of lightning strikes or strong winds taking down live power lines - around the region since early December. These have been pretty promptly "attacked" by the local RFS including helicopters and small fixed wing fire bombers. The fires down to the south in the Snowy Mountains saw an increase in the larger air tankers staging through Canberra Airport. Then the past week we have had two local bushfires, one near Canberra Airport that threatened a number of residential and industrial areas, that again was attacked fairly vigourously by the ACT and NSW fire services, including helicopters. The most recent bushfire has focussed our attention the past few days. A lot of people in Canberra have strong memories of the bushfires that swept through large suburban areas of Canberra in 2003, destroying over 500 homes and taking four lives. The past two days I have been under the flight path of the growing number of fire bombers, including the VLAT DC-10, which are on descent into the area where they have been laying retardent to slow the advance of the fire on the small village of Tharwa just a couple of kilometres to the south of us and the suburban edge of three suburbs at the southern end of Canberra. I have the suspicion that the air tankers are using the local shopping centre, a large roundabout near it and the local playing fields as a visual marker on their approach, so since I am near them, over me they come. And I'm happy to see them. A couple of photos follow from yesterday's activity.
And I am sure I have seen our RNZAF friends in their NHR-90s flying by on a couple of occasions, the grey scheme makes them stand out from the ADF multicam ones.
We had a lot of people out in the suburb last night, watering down yards, getting hoses set up, making preparations, just in case. We will have to see what the next few days bring, predicting very hot and dry weather until at least Sunday. Local media carrying a photo of the pyrocumulus cloud from this bushfire, visible from 75 kilometres away.
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Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
I wonder if one of our helicopters has ever been in a Canadian transport before? Members from the CAF, US Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force load a RNZAF NH90 helicopter aboard the RCAF CC-177 Globemaster for transfer from Australia back to New Zealand as part of Operation RENAISSANCE 20-01.