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Firewatch

The fire hotspots shown on the map are derived from the National Bushfire Monitoring System that provides information to emergency service managers across Australia. Source data is obtained from the NASA Earth Observation Satellites Terra and Aqua and is processed by Geoscience Australia. The satellites orbit the Earth collecting data in a path 2330 km wide. They pass over Australia up to three times a day.

Under ideal conditions, the hotspots shown have been detected 1-24 hours ago, depending on regional information received from the last satellite overpass. The hotspot location on any map (no matter how detailed) is only accurate to at best 1.5 km. The symbol used for the hotspot on the maps does not indicate the size of the fire. Not all hotspots are detected by the satellites. Some heat sources may be too small, not hot enough, or obscured by thick smoke or cloud. The satellites detect any heat source that is hotter than normal. As well as fires these may include industrial operations such as furnaces.



TOTAL FIRE BAN 7th March 2014
Written by RoleyNET   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 23:41

A total fire ban for the City of Armadale is in place for Friday 7th March 2014. Click here for details.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 17:41
 
Introducing Firewatch
Written by Chris Horgan   
Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:00

This Firewatch page is available as an additional resource to aid in getting information regarding any fire risks locally in Roleystone.

Other sites worth monitoring are:

  • DFES (formerly known as FESA)  Emergency Alerts, accessible off the DFES Homepage
  • ABC radio station
  • Bickley Monitor wind direction on BoM and speed to help understand the direction a fire will travel
  • Wind forcasting from Seebreaze.com.au

The general public can also make an unoffical comment if they have something to report below.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2012 12:26
 
Roleystone Kelmscott Fire 2011
Written by Chris Horgan   
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 17:30

For future reference, final fire map for the 2011 Roleystone/Kelmscott fire is attached here...

72 Homes were destroyed. The fire was started by accident via sparks from an angle grinder at 11.45am on Sunday the 6th Feb 2011, near Brookton hwy/Stocker road. Gustly east winds were blowing all through the day.

thumb_2011_roley_fire_fesa_map

Last Updated on Friday, 11 February 2011 16:27
 
Fire Update Monday 7th Feb 2011
Written by Chris Horgan   
Monday, 07 February 2011 15:22

Can't see any hotspots on the map anymore. Three choppers were working on the Urch Road fire this morning - doing a great job. Things are looking better from Peet road/Raeburn Orchard looking down Stoney Brook.

But FESA are still issuing warnings - so best to stay tuned to them here...

Don't forget that there are still dangers that remain after the fire has passed. Please be careful and take heed of FESA advice.

For those not savy on computers (as reported by staff at the IGA)...
"Don't forget to refresh your browser when looking at the FESA site so you get the updates (click the Refesh or Reload button - or press F5). You won't see the new updates if you stay on the site without refreshing."

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 16:02
 
Fire Update - Sunday 6th Feb 2011
Written by Chris Horgan   
Sunday, 06 February 2011 23:00

Hi, just back from patrolling (11pm). Unoffical report here - see the FESA site for an offical one.

The Blue markers on the firewatch page is roughly whats happening. They show the hots spots. Don't forget there is a delay due to satelite passing. And there could be fires between the markers.

Regarding Roleystone - most of us seem to be in the clear at this point in time, being upwind of the fire. But some South-Western Roleystoners have been scorched.  A small fire front is working its way against the wind west or Urch road - traveling very slowly up Stoney Brook.

From my untrained eye - the fire seems to be mostly under control, but there may be a few houses still under threat.

The Fire zone appears to be Turner road, Canning Mills, West of Urch, Contour Road - crossed over Brookton Hwy (near Sellegrio Park), East of Collie and Sons and the foothills of Kelmscott (east of Albany Hwy). We just drove around this area. This roughly matches what we are seeing on the firewatch map.

We drove around with a fire rig on a trailer looking for people who needed help 9pm to 11pm - but we didn't need to use it.

Residents on Contour road (near the end of the Open Contour Channel) fought the fire with garden hoses unassisted ealier today. Some FESA volenteers turned up afterwards at 9pm (lads from Margaret River) to cover the night.

Residents living on the West side of Urch road will have a restless night. A fire front is moving torward them, but very slowly against the wind. Fire crews are having it tough getting access into that steep blushland.

To dispell some rumours I'm hearing - Reburn Road is fine and Roley's on the Ridge is fine. Peet road is fine so far - unless something drastic changes.

For a map of hot spots see the  Firewatch Page

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 16:03
 
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