As I write this post many of our followers in the Harry’s Creek Road , Upper Boho Road and Marraweeny areas are fighting to contain a 1200ha bushfire burning in the foothills of the Strathbogies. Milder weather conditions are helping and a brisk southerly breeze is blowing the fire back onto itself , lets hope it is extinguished before the next hot spell. We are only half way through summer and no change in weather patterns is in sight. Old time Ruffian and weather forecaster , Stan Artiridge says “I have never experienced weather patterns like this. We are heading into unknown territory , I don’t know what to predict ”.
These pics were taken by Justus at the Dropmore fire 2 weeks ago which burnt 180ha of rocky outcrop and gave everyone in Caveat and Highlands a scare. As you all know it has not rained for months and the woodlands are tinder dry, fires are easily started . The Dropmore fire was ignited by the sparks generated as an excavator ripped rabbit warrens between granite rocks.
Before Christmas a lightning strike in the Cherry Tree Range started a fire which moved quickly to the Kobyboyn road at Whiteheads Creek , burning several hundred hectares of farmland. Other smaller fires at Gooram and Violet Town have kept CFA. members busy.
Most areas in Southern Australia have experienced similar bushfire events this season, some on a much large scale than ours.