Nature Sydney Sights and Streets Weather

Sydney Summer Storms

Every summer Sydney is treated to some fantastic demonstrations of nature as summer storms roll through. A weak system rolled through this evening and I managed to capture a little bit of the lightning. Here’s hoping for some more opportunities soon.

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Lightning over Sydney, Australia on the evening of December 20th 2013

Lightning over Sydney, Australia on the evening of December 20th 2013

Fire & Rescue Incidents Fire Rescue

2 people rescued from Unit Fire in Homebush

Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters have rescued 2 people from the balcony of a unit complex where a fire broke out this morning. The 2 story brick & tile construction unit complex is in Homebush, in Sydney’s west.

Firefighters received reports that people were missing in the fire. On arrival they found two people with severe injuries. Injuries are believed to include burns and smoke inhalation.

Fire has caused extensive damage to the unit of origin, as well as affecting adjoining units.

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Fire & Rescue Incidents Fire & Rescue Stations, Appliances, Equipment Fire Rescue

Melbourne’s MFB covers Sydney Fire Stations

To many firefighters in NSW, the past week has flown by in a blur. It has been an extreme start to the bushfire season and so many have done what seems so ordinary to them, but extraordinary to others. They’ve put aside their own lives to go and help others in need and often from some distance away.

With large fires, it’s not uncommon for this assistance to come from interstate. Quite often we see specialists including Incident Management Team members flown in from other states. It’s also fairly common for bush fire brigade volunteers to send firefighters and tankers to assist at these large fires.

This week though, we saw something a lot less common. Melbourne’s MFB sent a number of pumpers to Sydney, and they weren’t tasked to the actual bushfire incident. Instead, they were sent to a number of City fire stations to standby and respond to run of the mill calls, allowing Fire & Rescue NSW to utilise their urban crews and appliances in the bushfire efforts.

As I understand it, 10 MFB Pumpers were sent to Sydney. Their crew of 4 on each pumper were split into a day and night shift. FRNSW joined them to create a crew of 2 MFB and 2 FRNSW firefighters on each shift. They responded to all calls as normal and these are reported to include at least one structure fire.

I managed to catch a few of these around shift change, as the FRNSW appliances were returning to station. The MFB crews should be heading home today, as the intensity of the bushfire crisis eases.

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1 City of Sydney
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3 The Rocks
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19 Silverwater
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22 Leichhardt
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23 Gladesville – the MFB Pumper was hiding behind the closed roller door
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Fire & Rescue Incidents Fire Rescue

Barrenjoey Headland Bushfire

Fire has burnt out scrub and bushland on Barrenjoey Headland in Sydney’s north, known for its use in the television drama series ‘Home and Away’. 2 buildings at the Barrenjoey lighthouse complex sustained damage but no other property damage or injuries were reported.

Around 2pm on Saturday 28th September, fire crews from NSW Fire & Rescue and NSW Rural Fire Service were responded to reports of a bushfire below the lighthouse. Images posted on social media showed a small but fierce fire burning with a strong easterly wind blowing. The fire grew rapidly and arriving firefighters were immediately concerned with the safety of bush walkers and fisherman in the area. An Emergency Warning was issued for the fire.

Some 80 firefighters were dispatched with boats and helicopters involved in the incident. Boats were immediately tasked with checking on people who may have been stuck on rocks around the headland, with a small number being taken to safety. Helicopters undertook water bombing operations on the fire. With only a small walking trail and narrow vehicle track to the top, firefighters travelled on foot and utilised an ATV from the Surf Lifesaving club to move equipment to the top of the hill where the lighthouse and associated buildings were under threat.

Firefighters who had reached the buildings called for immediate assistance, with smoke coming from a building’s roof. Firefighters in breathing apparatus worked their way into the roofspace where roofing beams had caught fire. Embers had travelled in through very small gaps between flashing and roof sheets, igniting the roof beams. Fortunately firefighters were able to limit the spread of fire, though repairs will be needed.

Also at the lighthouse buildings, a number of visitors to the headland had gathered for safety. NSW Rural Fire Service sent emergency alert messages to mobile telephones in the area instructing anyone on the headland to seek refuge there, with paths back to the car park too dangerous to travel on. Those gathered were later transported to safety below. By around 4pm, the Emergency Warning advice had been downgraded to ‘Watch and Act’.

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After a tense afternoon, crews who were involved in the initial firefight were replaced by incoming night crews. The main concern became a number of buildings at the northern end of the western beach. The fire was continuing to travel above these buildings having already burned the entire eastern headland. Firefighters ensured safe lines were established around these buildings and monitored the fire, allowing it to burn to control lines. Meanwhile a crew was tasked with monitoring the lighthouse and associated buildings overnight, with embers still being of concern.

Arrived @ Barrenjoey #bushfire for night shift. Still burning well on the west.

Firefighters who’d been in attendance overnight were welcomed to the new day with a glorious sunrise, revealing the extent of bushland burned and able to assess the scene completely. A National Parks helicopter was brought in to assess the scene from above. Fire Investigators assessed the scene, but unable to find a definitive cause the NSW RFS stated the fire was suspicious. On Sunday the fire was further downgraded to ‘Advice’ level and the scene was later handed back to National Parks & Wildlife staff.

More photos from overnight at the fire, and sunrise from Barrenjoey head are HERE

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse overlooking Palm Beach

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse observed by firefighters

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse shows the fire still burning on the western side of the headland. Foregound shows some of the equipment used to protect the buildings

Sunrise allows us to see the area of roofing damaged by fire. Embers penetrated the very small gaps between the flashing and roof, then setting roof beams alight. Firefighters broke through the ceiling wearing breathing apparatus to reach the fire and prevent further damage, saving the historical buildings.

Parkair 4 (helicopter) was brought in the next morning to observe the fire impact


Out & About Sydney Sights and Streets

Prime Minister Gillard meets in North Strathfield Cafe

Sydney, Australia. 22/MAR/2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard visits a cafe in North Strathfield for a meeting and draws a crowd of local workers and visitors.

The Prime Minister and John Murphy were meeting with the Inner West Courier. More to come on what was discussed.

https://www.facebook.com/innerwestcourier/posts/10151469297185617

Sydney, Australia. 22/MAR/2013Prime Minister Julia Gillard visits a cafe in North Strathfield for a meeting and draws a crowd of local workers and visitor


Nature SCUBA Diving Sports & Adventure Sydney Sights and Streets

SCUBA – Oak Park, Cronulla

With a day off following ANZAC Day, I took my new underwater camera setup for a dip, with my long-time friend and dive buddy Flic. On the surface it was a stunning mid-20s Autumn day. In the water it was around 19 with vis up to around 10m. All in all, perfect conditions.

We’d only done a short surface swim and came across this large ray. In about 5m of water and about 1.5m wide, and close to 3m to the tail tip!
We'd only done a short surface swim and came across this large ray. In about 5m of water and about 1.5m wide, and close to 3m to the tail tip!

Nudis are a great little creature that are a pleasant site on many Sydney dives. This little guy was wriggling along at quite a pace.
A cool little Nudi wriggling its way along

Another common site for divers was a big Grouper. This one was displaying the usual curiosity and swimming around and underneath us. Whatever I tried, I couldn’t get a good straight-on shot!
Nearly got him!

I eventually got this one just as I’d given up. It highlights what I think is their true grumpy spirit.
The only straight on shot I managed

I’m led to believe that the white things around this ‘Sea Tulip’ are Cuttle-fish eggs. I’d love it if someone could confirm or correct this for me.
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Another large ray, only managed a couple of shots as it took off. It was completely hidden in the sand. I saw it but as I manouvered for a shot it got shy and started moving then it was off in an instant.
Another large ray, only managed a couple of shots as it took off. It was completely hidden in the sand. I saw it but as I manouvered for a shot it got shy and started moving then it was off in an instant.

And just one of many shots of the large schools of fish that were with us all morning. A wall of fish!
At times we were completely blanketed by schools of fish

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