The headlines tell a story. First, on January 5th:
“Ross River Resort saved from fire”
– see http://alicenow.com.au/news/article/ross-river-resort-saved
Then on January 9th:
“Long battle to tame Red Centre fires”
– see http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15792511/long-battle-to-tame-red-centre-fires/
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.