The Border Watch : January 6th 2015
4 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Pine plantations blackened Aerial images capture trail of destruction from South East fire EXTENSIVE blackened remains of plantation timber, scrub and farmland stretch over a large area of Tantanoola and Glencoe after the dramatic bushfire on Friday and Saturday. It was the news many did not want to EYE IN THE SKY: The Tantanoola fire ripped through scrub and forest on Friday afternoon as emergency service crews worked around the clock to contain the dangerous blaze. Picture: ALEX McGREGOR VIDEO ONLINE: Visit www. borderwatch.com.au or scan the QR code with an enabled smartphone or tablet to see our exclusive aerial video of the aftermath of the fire. hear on a day with temperatures forecast to exceed 40C when a serious and out of control bushfire engulfed the area. The green, fresh and vibrant forest makes a startling contrast against the blackened and smouldering remains of millions of dollars worth of timber, as shown in images captured by The Border Watch on an aerial tour over the Tantanoola fire ground yesterday. From the air, it is clear the bushfire was dangerously close to Glencoe. A freak wind change, increase in wind speed and the threat of embers starting several spotfires could have re-written history on Friday afternoon. However, residents, emergency service crews, forestry fire crews and the region came together at a challenging time and overcame what was a potentially disastrous start to the new year. Although millions of dollars worth of damage was caused as a result of the inferno, no lives were lost and community leaders have praised the efforts of all involved to prevent a catastrophe. Insurance, Assurance Fully Accredited Resilium General Insurance Advisors • Motor Vehicle • House & Contents • Boat • Business • Farm • Public Liability Shop 4/7-13 Compton St, Mt Gambier 5290 1800 195 546 Mobile: 0428 374 362 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Authorised Representative of Resilium Pty Ltd | AFS Licence No. 232703 COONAWARRA VIGNERONS’ CUP THURSDAY 8 JANUARY 2015 ClassicBet Penola Racecourse General Admission $15 | Concession $10 Winning Post Marquee $110pp includes entry, gourmet lunch and drinks package For more information and bookings phone Jim May on 0412 995 789 t o a 662013 4 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 649731 BLACKENED: The charred remains of millions of dollars worth of forests and farmland lies between Glencoe and Tantanoola, where a bushfire wreaked havoc on Friday and Saturday. THERE’S N BEING I u Pi r u s n d e e shuttle b f r o m a t c r k !
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