Bushfire blog – 8 Dec 2002

Fires are still burning to the east, north west, south west & west of us – but no immediate threat to us. The air tankers have been water bombing the fires to the east of us all day.

The road to the north is still closed as far as Hawksbury River, and south is open for residents. Many sirens sounding all day & lots of helicopter activity in the air overhead, & one just landed in the oval across from our house to meet some National Parks Fire Brigade personnel – no one is sure why.

The smoke from the fires is very thick & black, which we are told means it is burning very hot. At the moment the wind remains favourable to us, God willing it will stay that way, but we cannot be complacent.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.