Fires near Glen Davis

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Subject: Fires near Glen Davis
From: Vicki Powys <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 10:19:46 +1100

It has been claustrophobically smoky here in Capertee Valley since last
Friday, view obliterated, some days up to 43 degrees, drought returned with
a vengeance.  Milder yesterday and today, smoke much less.  Heard on local
radio the fire was "5 km east of Glen Davis" and also affecting Newnes, with
four other fires in remote parts of Wollemi still burning.  No flames in the
Valley itself, that I know of, yet.  Wallabies and birds desperate for
water, a neighbour has donated some pelletted cattle feed (compressed
lucerne etc) and I'm putting out some for the wallabies, I don't like
feeding wildlife but already they've lost the joeys that they had in the
springtime, and look thin and bedraggled.  I have water out for them of
course, mostly Red-necked Wallabies, Wallaroos and Swamp Wallabies, plus a
few Eastern Grey Kangaroos.  There's just a few pools left in parts of Coco
Creek, one thrashing pool yesterday contained a cruising huge Red-bellied
Black Snake, a very large eel, a long necked tortoise and several Cox's
Gudgeon (fish) - a lively mix indeed!  It's been an awful year for the
birds, none nesting around my area at all, numbers and species greatly
reduced, haven't seen or heard a single cuckoo this season.

Vicki Powys
Capertee Valley NSW

on 22/1/03 11:35 PM, Carol Probets at  wrote:

> Hi Steve and all,
> No-one else has replied to Steve's question so I will venture my third-hand
> information, which I hope is correct. I was told today that the fire is in
> the Wollemi NP on the plateau between the Capertee and Wolgan Valleys, in
> the vicinity of Mount Morgan (which is several kilometres east of Newnes in
> the Wolgan Valley and about 15km SE of Glen Davis). Apparently the whole of
> the Wolgan Valley is currently closed to non-residents, including Newnes,
> but I have not heard of any threat to Glen Davis or the Capertee, unless
> another fire has started in the meantime. (For those not familiar with it,
> the Wolgan Valley lies immediately south of the Capertee and separated by a
> high narrow ridge/plateau. The two rivers eventually join up to become the
> Colo in a remote part of the Wollemi National Park.)
> On Monday night I happened to be speaking by phone with someone who lives
> in the Capertee Valley - she said the smoke in the valley was very thick
> indeed all day Monday, and visibility extremely low. Always disconcerting
> but as we know, smoke can travel a long way. If I hear any more I'll let
> you know.
> Cheers,
> Carol
> Carol Probets
> Blue Mountains NSW
> At 6:40 PM +1100 22/1/03, Stephen Gross wrote:
>> There was a piece on the local news tonight about a large fire
>> somewhere near or in the Capertee Valley. The report said that the fires
>> could  approach Glen Davis. Does anyone have any further information on
>> this and what  affect this is having on the wildlife in the Capertee
>> Valley?   Regards Steve Gross Orange NSW
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