When was the last bushfire at Wilsons Prom?

The uncontrolled bushfire, which was started by lightning on Sunday, February 8, has now burnt out 12,600 hectares of the park, mostly in the park’s north and east. It is now more than double the size of the damaging 2005 Wilsons Promontory bushfire and has burnt about 25 per cent of the 50,000-hectare park.

What towns were affected by the Black Saturday bushfires?

On 7 February, Black Saturday, Victorian townships including Marysville, Kinglake, Kinglake West, Narbethong, Flowerdale and Strathewen were devastated. More than 19,000 CFA members were involved in frontline firefighting, incident management and support behind the scenes.

What caused the Black Saturday bushfires 2009?

The Black Saturday fires began with the Kilmore East fire when fallen power-lines started a blaze in farmland at 11.47 am. This fire spread quickly through a pine plantation and crossed the Hume Freeway at 1.58 pm. The fire burnt through Wandong and reached Mount Disappointment at approximately 3 pm.

What was the worst fire in Australia?

The Black Saturday bushfires
The Black Saturday bushfires were the worst in Australia’s history, killing 173 people. Almost 80 communities and entire towns were left unrecognisable. The fires burned more than 2,000 properties and 61 businesses.

How long did it take to recover from Black Saturday?

People are generally extraordinarily resilient and we need to applaud that, but the disruption to lives continues well after the initial crisis clears. We found: a slump in life satisfaction from three to five years after the bushfires, which improved again at ten years after the bushfires.

What was Australia’s biggest bushfire before Black Saturday?

List of major bushfires in Australia

Date Name or description Area burned (approx.)
ha Homes (destroyed)
1 February 1898 Red Tuesday bushfires 640,000
February – March 1926 1926 bushfires 960,000
13 January 1939 Black Friday bushfires 4,900,000

What was the worst bushfire ever?

Major bushfires in Australia The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria claimed 173 lives over 21 days- the largest number of deaths recorded for any individual Australian bushfire or bushfire season.

How big is the Wilsons Promontory bushfire threat?

It is now more than double the size of the damaging 2005 Wilsons Promontory bushfire and has burnt about 25 per cent of the 50,000-hectare park. But it is not an immediate threat to the park’s most popular tourist destinations to the south, or to the hamlet of Yanakie and surrounding farmland to the north.

Are there any fires in Wilsons Promontory National Park?

On 8 February lightning sparked a fire in Wilsons Promontory which burned more than 11,000 ha (27,000 acres). This fire posed no immediate threat to campers, but due to excessive fuel and inaccessibility authorities chose to evacuate the park, with some campers being evacuated by boat.

What was the worst bushfire in Australia’s history?

The 2009 Victorian bushfires on Saturday 7 February 2009 were the worst bushfires in Australia’s history, surpassing both the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 and the Black Friday fires in 1939.

Why is Wilson’s Promontory closed?

Eastern side of Wilson’s Promontory near where the fire started. Wilsons Promontory National Park is now closed and will remain shut for weeks and possibly months because of the fire, which in one location has burnt virtually all the way from the east coast of the park to the west.