It is more than three and half years since Canberra experienced the devastating firestorm in which 4 people died, 3 people were treated for serious burns at Sydney hospitals, 49 people admitted to ACT hospitals and 440 people received outpatient care. 488 houses were destroyed in both urban and rural ACT. Nearly 160,000 hectares were burnt in the ACT including over 16,000 hectares of plantation forests and 31,000 hectares of rural leases. More than 5,000 people were evacuated to the evacuation centres and many more went to family and friends for safety.
Contact: Peter Camilleri, Chris Healy, Elspeth Macdonald, Susan Nicholls, Jolyon Sykes, Gail Winkworth, Merrilyn Woodward