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Fires 17.1.2014

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Looking into the Reserve

Friday January 17th, 2014 was a day of extreme fire danger, with temperatures above 42degC. During the afternoon a lightning strike northeast of Wartook started a fire which roared down over the Reserve, and destroyed a number of houses belonging to neighbours. One neighbour, Barb Pleasance, was killed.

Three weeks later it had still not been possible to do a detailed inspection of the Reserve, because of the danger from falling trees, and the overpowering stench of the numerous dead kangaroos.

It will probably be some months, when we will know how many trees had been killed, before we have any real idea of how badly the Reserve has been damaged. The initial impressions from these photos is that the main effect of the fire will have been to clear the Reserve of rubbish, which will reduce the risk of fires in the next few years, but will reduce the habitat available to wildlife.

The attached photos were taken by Will Pyke, of the Friends of Cydelia Reserve, Inc, on Jan 26th, 2014.

Entrance to the Reserve

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Fire damage