When were the Blue Mountains bushfires?

Blue Mountains and Sydney region bushfires, 1957 Between 30 November and 2 December 1957, bushfires caused widespread damage in around the Blue Mountains and Sydney. The worst-affected areas were Leura and Wentworth Falls; other damage was recorded at Megalong Valley, Lithgow and Jenolan Caves.

What was the worst bushfire season in Australia?

2009, Black Saturday. The Black Saturday bushfires were the worst in Australia’s history, killing 173 people. Almost 80 communities and entire towns were left unrecognisable. The fires burned more than 2,000 properties and 61 businesses.

What was the worst bushfire in NSW?

The Badja Forest Road fire destroyed 418 homes, of which 289 were lost in the Bega Valley alone. The community of Cobargo was the hardest hit, with 70 homes lost, five facilities destroyed, 168 outbuildings lost and a further 33 homes damaged.

Are the Blue Mountains affected by bushfires?

Impact of the 2019-20 fires Fires continued to burn in the Greater Blue Mountains Area until early February 2020. During this time, approximately 853,977 hectares (or 82%) of this World Heritage property was burnt out of a total area of 1,043,826 hectares.

Is the blue gum forest burnt?

Fire affected area Blue Gum Forest is a fine, historic example of closed forest, situated in Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. Get to it by walking track from Perrys lookdown or Pierces Pass.

How much of the Blue Mountains is burnt?

Here in the Blue Mountains the extent of the fires has greatly exceeded any previous recorded fire seasons. Over 80% of the Blue Mountains National Park has been impacted with 63% partly or fully burnt.

What is the biggest bushfire in history?

Largest fires of the 21st-century

Rank Name Country
1 2003 Russian wildfires Russia
2 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season Australia
3 2019 Siberia wildfires Russia
4 2014 Northwest Territories fires Canada

How big was the biggest bushfire in Australia?

The largest known area burnt was between 100–117 million hectares (250–290 million acres), impacting approximately 15 per cent of Australia’s physical land mass, during the 1974-75 Australian bushfire season.

What was the biggest bushfire in 2020?

As of 27 December, the Gospers Mountain fire had burnt over 500,000 hectares (1,200,000 acres); and, after burning approximately 512,000 hectares (1,270,000 acres) across the Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Central Coast local government areas, the NSW Rural Fire Service reported the fire as contained on 12 January 2020.

Is Govetts Leap Lookout open?

9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.

Where is Blue Gum Forest Cape Town?

Blue Gum Forest is a fine, historic example of closed forest, situated in Grose Valley in Blue Mountains National Park. Get to it by walking track from Perrys lookdown or Pierces Pass.

Is Katoomba safe?

They all have their own vibe and the right place depends on a lot of personal factors for you, but they’re all very safe and with incredible natural beauty all around. Katoomba is the go-to town for shopping, facilities, cultural life and entertainment, and that’s why we chose it as our home!

Where was the fire in the Blue Mountains in 1994?

Fires were approaching towns in the Blue Mountains including Blackheath and in the Shoalhaven, including Ulladulla. By 15 January, about 450 square km had been burned in the Gosford area and fires in the Gospers Mountain/Wollemi National Park and west of the Kulnura and Mangrove Mountain were still causing ongoing concern for Gosford.

How many people died in the Blue Mountains bushfires?

1938-39 Location: Sydney and Southern NSW [link] Deaths/injured: 13 deaths. Area/property damage: 73,000 ha. 50 houses destroyed. 10,000 stock. Normalised cost ($2011 AUD): n/a November 1944 Location: Blue Mountains & Lochinvar Deaths/injured: 2 deaths. Area/property damage: 150 houses destroyed. Normalised cost ($2011 AUD): n/a

What was the result of the 1994 NSW fires?

The 1993-94 fire season was amongst the largest firefighting efforts in Australian history. A lengthy Coronial inquest followed the fires, leading to the formation of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. The Rural Fires Act 1997 was proclaimed on 1 September 1997. These fires generated a large amount of media coverage internationally.

Is the Blue Mountains a rural fire service district?

The Blue Mountains District of the NSW Rural Fire Service has provided you with a number of links to associated organisations.

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