Author Topic: Canberra bushfire - Honeysuckle Creek site  (Read 208 times)

Offline Peter B

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Canberra bushfire - Honeysuckle Creek site
« on: January 29, 2020, 09:06:17 AM »
In case people weren’t aware, there’s a bushfire burning a little to the south of Canberra, which has burned out more than 100 square kilometres of bush and farm land. It started in the Orroral Valley, which some of you may know was the site of an old NASA tracking station.

Sadly, it seems the fire has also burned through the old Honeysuckle Creek tracking station site. There wasn’t much there – the concrete slabs the buildings stood on, and a number of signs explaining the history of the site – but it was pretty and atmospheric country, thick forest with a lot of wildlife. Emergency Services say the fire is going to take weeks to extinguish because of the ruggedness of the terrain, but I so want to visit the site again when it reopens.

Offline bknight

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Re: Canberra bushfire - Honeysuckle Creek site
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2020, 09:08:43 PM »
Post some images when you go.  It is sad but fire is indifferent to our wishes.
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Re: Canberra bushfire - Honeysuckle Creek site
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2020, 10:43:33 PM »
Orroral valley site also burnt over.  Damage to both sites unknown.

Offline Peter B

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Re: Canberra bushfire - Honeysuckle Creek site
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2020, 07:24:50 AM »
A news report a couple of days ago showed a couple of seconds of video of the Honeysuckle Creek site within a longer montage of videos showing fire damage.

IIRC the surrounding forest was reduced to burned gum trees and nothing on the ground, but the one interpretive sign in view on a concrete slab was undamaged.

Who knows how long it's going to be before they open up the area...?

Offline Dalhousie

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Re: Canberra bushfire - Honeysuckle Creek site
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2020, 04:19:46 PM »
A news report a couple of days ago showed a couple of seconds of video of the Honeysuckle Creek site within a longer montage of videos showing fire damage.

IIRC the surrounding forest was reduced to burned gum trees and nothing on the ground, but the one interpretive sign in view on a concrete slab was undamaged.

Who knows how long it's going to be before they open up the area...?

It will be several weeks before the roads can be made safe from tree fall.  I was along there last week and there were several tree falls across the road over the 12 hours.  One right in front of us.  A crew was injured that night when a tree fell across the rear of the truck.

The lower parts of these roads will be of higher priority because of the rural properties along them.

Rain is forecast this weekend which ay speed things along.  One other other hand if it is not enough and we have another dose of hot weather and a strong south westerly change then there may be bigger issues to deal with than access to these monuments.