2013 - Barrenjoey Headland Bushfire
Almost 80 NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers have worked this morning to contain a bushfire on Sydney's northern beaches, near the historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse
The blaze started yesterday on the Barrenjoey Headland near Palm Beach and has burnt out 17 hectares of bushland. The RFS said crews succeeded in saving the main lighthouse, but there is some damage to the roof of one building in the complex. Spokesman Brendan Doyle said crews are still on scene.
"Currently crews are allowing the fire to burn slowly down to the waterline," he said. "Crews are obviously controlling any hot spots around the main ridge of the Barrenjoey headland and any problem trees that may be in the area."
Two helicopters were on the scene yesterday to help firefighters after the fire broke out at 2:00pm (AEST).
The blaze had cut off access to the walking track at the headland and at the height of the fire it was feared tourists may have been trapped. However, all people have been accounted for. One firefighter has been treated for minor burns. Authorities had warned that if anyone was stuck in the area they could seek shelter at the lighthouse, where there was a clearing from the scrub.
Above: Some of the Ingleside Rural Fire Brigade Crew who were instrumental in saving the historic building of the Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach.
Below: The first on scene Ingleside crew, pushed through fire crossing the small track to the top to get to the buildings. This picture was taken just prior to some of our crew running through towards to the top of the hill.
Below: Barrenjoey Headland is the backdrop to Summer Bay, the fictional suburb of long running TV series: Home and Away. Following the bushfire, our members couldn't help but get a quick photo with the surfclub vehicle that assisted in getting crews to the top of the headland.
2003 January - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Four bushfires that had been burning in Brindabella mountains for more than a week combined and roared into Canberra's south-western suburbs, destroying 500 homes and claiming four lives with over 490 injured. This bushfire caused severe damage to the suburbs and outer areas of Canberra, the capital city of Australia, during 18–22 January 2003.
1994 Bushfire: Warringah and Pittwater LGA area
At around 1630hrs on Friday January 7, a fire started at Cottage Point which, under the influence of the adverse weather conditions, spread rapidly with high intensity. In just three and a half hours the 2km wide eastern fire front impacted upon the residential area of Ingleside - some 7km from its source. The fire also fanned out to the northeast, across Coal and Candle Creek towards the Pittwater shoreline suburbs of Elvina Bay, Church Point and Bayview and to the southwest towards Terrey Hills. Its southeasterly run took it towards Mona Vale Road. Within 27 hours from ignition, it had significantly impacted on the suburbs of Church Point, Bayview, Warriewood, Elanora Heights and Cromer, as well as other residential areas on the eastern side of the West Head Peninsula. Over Saturday night, the fire had continued to move in a south easterly direction. By 1400hrs, the south eastern edge had reached Warriewood, with the western flank located 2km north of Terrey Hills. By 0900hrs Saturday 8th January the fire was well into north easterly run. Eight hundred campers and residents of Elvina Bay were evacuated from Pittwater’s Western Shores by ferry. Firefighters continued to concentrate on the protection of life and property. Conditions made it impossible for them to attempt containment of the fire at this time. Residents were evacuated as the fire spread to the north east, south, south east and south west. At noon, it jumped Mona Vale Road and by 1500hrs the retirement village at Collaroy was evacuated after the fire had spotted across Wakehurst Parkway and Narrabeen Lakes. Two home units were destroyed. Property was also lost at Ingleside, Elanora Heights, Bayview, Lovett Bay and Elvina Bay. Firefighters worked to contain different flanks of the fire over a number of days. During this time it threatened properties in a number of areas. All fires in Warringah/Pittwater were contained by January 12.
Sydney Weather 1994 Fires:
January 5 36.0 degrees 16% from ENE at 31km/hr from ENE at 59km/hr
January 6 37.3 degrees 12% from WNW at 35km/hr from W at 69km/hr
January 7 37.8 degrees 8% from W at 40km/hr from WNW at 50km/hr
January 8 36.8 degrees 12% from W at 39 km/hr from NNW at 76km/hr
January 9 27.9 degrees 32% from ESE at 31 km/hr from ESE at 44 km/hr
January 10 25.1 degrees 61% from E at 22km/hr from E at 48km/hr
January 11 26.6 degrees 61% from ENE at 31km/hr from ENE at 67km/hr
January 12 30.0 degrees 69% from E at 26km/hr from ENE at 59km/hr
1952 - Residents of the rural area of Ingleside met to discuss the forming of the Ingleside Bushfire Brigade. The residents of the local Ingleside area were varied with a small number of rural holdings with glass houses and small farms around the area. The threat of bushfires had been known for a number of years, with many residents called upon to defend each others homes during bushfires. The residents form the Ingleside Bushfire Brigade in 1952. Whilst the early years of the Brigade can be confirmed as starting in 1952, the details of the first few years membership is limited with the Brigade Captain unknown from 1952-1956.