Waterbombing Operation over Canberra

Tom Worthington

18 January 2003

These are some photos of what appeared to be a Kaman firefighting helicopter, dropping water:

Smoke over Belconnen Kaman firefighting helicopter Kaman firefighting helicopte

Detail from NASA Satellite image of Fires in Southeast AustraliaThis is a detail from Fires and smoke in Southeast Australia, NASA Satellite image, Date: 18 January 2003 03 :30 UTC:

ACT Chief Minister, has declared a state of emergency in the ACT.
Powers of control have been given to Peter Lucas-Smith, Alternative Territory Controller.
This is an official emergency announcement. The ACT Emergency Services Bureau has advised that there has been a major deterioration in the ACT fire situation. There is increasing risk due to fire spotting from the fires to the west...
From: ACT Bushfire Status, ACT Emergency Services Bureau, 18 January 2003
Man dies, at least 100 homes lost as firestorm ravages Canberra
Canberra's fire emergency has claimed one life and up to 100 homes, with two dozen suburbs still considered in danger.
More than 2,000 people have fled their homes amid a fire emergency in and around Canberra.
From: ABC News, Sat, Jan 18 2003 11:50 PM AEDT

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