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 Recalling the horrors of NSW/VIC 2019/2020 killer bushfires!

15.09.21.  An early start to this year’s fire season comes as a Corner’s inquiry continues into the 2019 bushfire disaster on the NSW/ VIC border. A 12-tonne fire truck was picked up off the ground by a firestorm caused ‘tornado’ and dumped upside down killing RFS volunteer Samuel McPaul.
The NSW Bushfires Coronial Inquiry has heard how a fire tornado sent smoke and flames six kilometres into the air, created wind speeds of more than 320 kilometres an hour, and flipped a 10-tonne fire truck, killing a Rural Fire Service volunteer. Culcairn firefighter Samuel McPaul died and two other members of the brigade were injured when the tornado hit their fire truck at Jingellic, near the NSW–Victorian border on December 30, 2019.

Source: ABC

Inquiry shown video of ‘extreme’ fire tornado that flipped fire truck, killing RFS volunteer Samuel McPaul

The inquiry on Tuesday heard the tornado, also known as a fire vortex, came from the Green Valley fire, which was started by lightning the day before.
Statements to the inquest from RFS members defending a property nearby described watching the fire move towards them and the destruction it caused.
“The winds were picking up a lot and it was getting very hot,” RFS member Mark Reeves said in his statement.
“I could see the fire getting bigger and I could tell we were in for a shit fight if it went on.”
RFS group Captain John Hawkins said he could see the tornado coming down the Green Valley Mountain towards them.
“As I looked up the hill I could see a large whirlwind or tornado starting to build up,” Captain Hawkins said.
“It was a large column of black smoke swirling in a clockwise direction and throwing burning logs and sticks out into “I hadn’t seen anything like this tornado before.”
‘Rare and extreme’
A report read to the inquiry from the Bureau of Meteorology said the conditions were ripe for fire vortexes (or tornados) due to the low humidity, high temperatures, and strong winds.
It said this type of weather event was “rare and extreme”.
The report estimated the winds in the tornado at Jingellic were in excess of 320 kilometres per hour and its path of destruction around 60 metres wide, however it went for just a few minutes.
“The fire tornado had burnt and sucked everything from the ground,” the report said.
“Trees in the damage path were torn out of the ground and thrown, in some cases, 100 metres to the south.”
The Green Valley fire burned 46,000 hectares and continued for 53 days.
Tomorrow, an inquest will begin into the death of Samuel McPaul.

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  • luk1955 15/09/2021, 7:33 am

    The inquest will conclude nothing. Has anyone noticed that since logging in national forests, along with cattle grazing in those areas, that the bushfires have been increasing in number, density and ferocity of the fires? And prosecutions of arsonists have also declined in numbers and coverage by the msm. All the result of green policies which have forsaken general maintenance of densely treed forests.

  • DT 15/09/2021, 12:45 pm

    Lack of land management, one example is State Forests converted to National Parks, under the management of forestry professionals the fires were few and far between and cool because of land management, once NP&WS took over and neglected land management the destructive hot wild fires resulted.

    Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked while he was the PM when the Federal Government he led would create more National Parks (mostly done by State Governments on public land, and Federal Government in the Territories subject to Territory Government) and he replied that already there were too many National Parks with insufficient funding to manage them.

    • Disgruntled 15/09/2021, 6:15 pm

      DT; your first paragraph says it all good and proper!

      Some years ago because the Forestry Dept were suffering bad PR they decided to give a heads up tour of the forestry managed areas of the Elgin Vale and Gallangowan and Jimna regions and showed how they managed timber production etc. of both planted and unplanted natural forest. It was unbelievable to even a person that supported that sort of thing to see how well they done their job; especially in fire-fuel reduction. By the way I was a Councillor of a local council. We even got to crawl up the Jimna fire tower. (brr brr, that was a little scary; it is the tallest fire tower in Queensland with a tower height of 47 metres.

      Another example of good gone bad and buggered up is the Goodnight Scrub which was utterly stuffed up when NP&WS was given it. After retirement from farming I spent many hours roaming around on the BM GS. and I just couldn’t believe what I saw; Lots and lots of very good planted and well managed timber almost ready for the harvest when NP&WS took it all over and left it and ignored it all. This “scrub” is fronting the impoundment of Paradise Dam; and just look what they done to it also!! (the country or those in it have really gone mad!)

      The first time there I got up the One Tree Hill (a 360 degree view and could almost see forever) there was a fire lookout only about 10 feet above the ground and the next time I went up there it had dissapeared (bald as a baby’s bum). It seems as if NP&WS did not want anyone enjoying anything!

  • DT 15/09/2021, 12:48 pm

    Rural Fire Service NSW part of State Emergency Services and the responsibility of the NSW State Government, fires suburban and country are State responsibilities.

    And therefore when the left leaning media, Labor and Greens attacked Prime Minister Morrison for being on a family holiday overseas during the December 2019 bushfires they were mischief making, Premiers have the responsibility.

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