Otways Fire No. 22 - 1982/83 aspects of fire behaviour
Research Report No.20
Author: P. Billing
IntroductionOtways Fire No 22 started near Deans Marsh at approximately 1445 hours on Wednesday 16 February 1983. It burnt rapidly southwards through forest to reach Lorne by about 1630 hours. Under conditions where the Fire Danger Index (FDI) was often greater than 100, spread rates of up to 10 km/hr were recorded. A violent south-westerly wind change at 1900 hours caused the fire to spread rapidly along the coast as far as Angelsea. Before control was achieved an area of 41,200 hectares was burnt.
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