History of Fires revealed in the landscape, Netherby, Queensland

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aticank Nikolay Kole… on January 19, 2013

Beautiful view! LIKE!

Regards from Bulgaria! Nikolay

bdeh on January 20, 2013

Has this area had bushfires right now too Ian? Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2013

Thank you Nikolay.

Greetings from Queensland,


Ian Stehbens on January 22, 2013

Greetings Berend,

I don't believe there were any bushfires here recently, but there was one small one that threatened homes and properties not too far away. It was contained, but a commercial orchard was one of the properties that was burnt in that fire.

Coastal Queensland can suffer from bushfires but our climate makes us less vulnerable than is the case in the southern states, especially Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and the south of WA.


bdeh on January 22, 2013

The other day we were just thinking that if we had the possibility to visit Oz in 2012/13 we certainly would have been in Tasmania during the first 2 weeks of January 2013 Ian. Not a nice thought, we would have been into the forest for sure. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on January 24, 2013

I understand your concern, Berend. Wildfires don't happen quite so often in Tasmania but when they do they can be drastic and disastrous, especially in settled areas. I can never forget the catastrophe of 1968 when whole suburbs of Hobart burnt!

Our summer heat and dry weather has gone, for it started raining yesterday with light showers through the day: forecasts for this weekend for Brisbane and Imbil are windy with heavy rain for 3 days, then a day of possible thunderstorms then a couple more days of rain. Our delayed wet season has arrived!

When you come to Oz, I am sure you will have a great time of discovery whether in Tasmania or in Qld. Even if you had come this year and gone to Tasmania the locals would have protected you, and advising you on where it was safe. The fire events were ended after a week by a cold front that brought rain and cool weather.

This big continent has plenty of safe room for you as well as a diversity of storm events - both at the same time, including in January, when floods and fires are most likely, somewhere on the continent.


cbaisan on January 27, 2013

Is it the dark green? or tannish patches?

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2013

Hi Chris,

The darkest green forests are the rainforests that originally or naturally cover these ranges and valleys. The other forests that have a tanish appearance are eucalypt or sclerophyll forests that have developed after the fire and probably have been maintained by occasional ground fires over the years.



You may notice that the fires have once ascended the slopes in the midground, stopped shortly after crossing the summit ridge. Fires don't advance very fast downhill.

cbaisan on February 4, 2013

Yes Ian, as a former wildland firefighter I can say that is exactly the case - downhill, a backing fire without the radiant and convective boost.


Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2013

You are well trained and know your fires, Chris. Good to chat with you.


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