Ross River Resort Devastated by Fire

The headlines tell a story. First, on January 5th:

Ross River Resort saved from fire
– see

Then on January 9th:

Long battle to tame Red Centre fires
– see

Finally on January 10th:

Outback resort devastated by fire

The January 5th fires burnt to within one metre of the boundary of this popular resort complex in the MacDonnell Ranges, 80 km east of Alice Springs. At about 5.30pm, firefighters were back-burning around the resort buildings, the generator and gas cylinders, when heavy rain fell on the blaze and put it out.

On the 9th, fires flared up again, and firies worked there all day, finally leaving about 11.30pm, believing that things were under control.

In the early hours of the 10th, fire swept through the area, destroying the campground, workshops and hospitality facilities. The homestead was saved.


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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3 Responses to Ross River Resort Devastated by Fire

  1. That’s sad news, indeed. I stayed at Ross River on my second trip to Australia, and I absolutely loved it. The surrounding wilderness was beautiful, and being able to have a cabin in the center of all that remarkable beauty was a joy and a delight. The wildlife there — particularly birds, but also loads of kangaroos — were a highlight. A photo on my blog titled “Cabin roo” is of a kangaroo I found resting on my doorstep one day when I returned from a long hike.

    I’m really sorry to hear about Ross River being devastated by fire. I do hope they rebuild. (And I am glad the homestead at least was saved.) Thanks for the post.

  2. Anne says:

    Wow, How unlucky to have that happen despite the rain, back-burn and wind change. Very bad luck.

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