Fires on Eyre Highway

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Subject: Fires on Eyre Highway
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:29:38 +0000
Some Birding-aussers may be interested in this news from Alma de Rebeira
about a recent bushfire event near the Eyre Bird Observatory in Western
Australia (see below).

Kind regards


Stephen Ambrose

Ryde NSW

Dear Friends of Eyre,

During December there were fires, started by lightning, along the Eyre
Highway. At first fires were contained above the escarpment but later burnt
through the Nuytsland Nature reserve coming close to Eyre. The Dept. of
Parks and Wildlife evacuated the caretakers and placed a fire crew at the
observatory and closed all roads and tracks. Thanks to DPaW crews Eyre is

Vegetation was badly burnt with a hot fire above the escarpment where the
caretakers lost their parked car. There are patches of unburnt country on
the way to the observatory.

As a result of this, Eyre's Management committee has closed the observatory
for the time being to allow our Caretakers to undertake base line surveys in
both the burnt areas and the unburnt pockets . We expect to re-open to 4WD
only after 15th January.

As there is little vegetation around the Lookout area there is no suitable
place to leave vehicles for 2wd guests.

Further information will be provided in the next Eyre Waves due at end of
this month.

Kind regards


Alma de Rebeira OAM

Chair of Management Committee

Eyre Bird Observatory



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