Pictures, that follow, show the burnt area of the Carwoola Fire from the air on the morning of the 24th February.
Pilot was fellow Hoskingtown-Rossi Rural Fire brigade deputy and affected land holder, Greg Walsh with photographs by me, Colin Brown.
At time of posting, police and RFS investigations are underway. My understanding is that the Fire started 17th Feb 2017, near grazing property Taliesin, in the hills above and to the south east of Queanbeyan. Fire spread rapidly to the south east pushed along by a dry North Westerly wind.
Fire was declared Section 44, State of Emergency, under the NSW Rural Fire Act, with both urban-rural fringe and grazing properties in it's path. Considerable State funded resources, including the Very Large Air Tanker and C130 Hercules air tanker and rotary wing aircraft were deployed from Sydney as well as RFS volunteer crews from our neighbouring zones and Australian Capital Territory to supplement Lake George Zone effort.
Fire spread through through Radcliffe and Widgewa localities before crossing the Molonglo River onto the Hoskingtown plain. Fire was eventually contained and at the most easterly edge nearly reached the abandoned Captains Flat railway line, south of Hoskinstown and within sight of the Forbes Creek and Rossi communities and Tallaganda National Park, higher in the Great Dividing range.
A number of houses were destroyed as well as shire council and rural infrastructure. There were some injuries but no-one was killed.
We flew from Canberra airport to Hoskinstown and then basically flew counter clockwise back to the start of the fire around the western and southern flanks with some particular attention to the Hoskinstown edge and Widgewa road areas.
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