Postcards from Balgo – Fire in the Great Sandy Desert

Out here fires can sometimes run for weeks - if not months - and burn-out huge tracts of land - I'll try to keep a watching eye on this fire over the coming weeks - if you have any information on its progress please log in and post a note about its progress.

Bob Gosford — Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Bob Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

[caption id="attachment_5051" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Where the fire started - Balgo's Ri-Con camp"]Where the fire started - Balgo's Ri-Con camp[/caption]

With near-record rainfall since January we have had a great season here in central Australia. Of course that has a dangerous flipside - abundant growth from the big rains mean, as The ABC noted here, a very busy fire season ahead in central Australia. A few days ago Steven Rhall, a friend living at Balgo (locally known as Wirrimanu) posted a note about the first big fire of the season near his town.

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  1. Balgo > Melbourne – Steven Rhall [Photographer / Artist]

    […] It was a couple of days after Xmas in which a fire broke out in Balgo. I went out, photographed the goings on and spoke to some of the locals. Friend Bob Gosford, who is based in Alice Springs, gave me the opportunity to provide some words and imagery for his Crickey (sub) Blog – The Northern Myth (a great read for those interested in Top End / Desert life). I took the opportunity and in a matter of an hour or so provided my report. Honestly, you may tell it was written in that time but it was a good exercise for me in writing. Something I would like to do more of (at a higher standard!) in the future. Anyway, here’s the read. […]

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