‘Ecological disaster’ fire burns through half of Namadgi

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Visible flames from William Hovell Drive on January 30. The Stromlo Valley suburbs in the foreground were built pine forests lost in the 2003 fire. Photo: Andrew Campbell

THE Orroral Valley fire, that continues to burn out of control through the Namadgi National Park has been described as a “significant ecological disaster” for the ACT.

With its current  size of more than 55,000 hectares, the fire has burnt through close to 50 per cent of the national park and this is expected to grow throughout the week, says Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman.

“It is a significant ecological disaster for the Territory, and there will be ramifications that we will need to address in due course,” he said.

At 55,000 hectares, the fire damage is about 25 per cent of the ACT’s land mass.

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