Chatsbury bushfire

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The Chatsbury/Bungonia Bushfire of 1965 was a series of bushfires that burned from March 5 to March 14, 1965. The fires destroyed the Southern Highlands, New South Wales villages of Tallong, Wingello, and most of the surrounding orchards.[1]

The fire is thought to be ignited by a spark from a Chatsbury Station angle grinder. It quickly spread and covered 620,000 acres and destroyed the areas' livestock. It is thought to be the greatest disaster in the area.[2]

Three people were killed. 28 homes were destroyed in Tallong, 31 in Wingello. The fire was eventually stopped (or burnt out) near Nowra on the South Coast.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History: 1950-1969: The growth of local brigades". NSW Rural Fire Service. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Chris. "Remembering the 1965 Chatsbury-Bungonia Fire". Goulburn Post. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "History: 1950-1969: The growth of local brigades". NSW Rural Fire Service. Retrieved 6 October 2015.