Winds and high temperatures increase fire danger across southern NSW

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High temperatures and strong winds have increased fire activity across southern NSW forcing investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to evacuate the crash site where three US firefighters lost their lives | rachelclun

"The site itself is not under current direct threat from fire activity, however the site was evacuated due to road access considerations after a watch and act alert was issued by the Rural Fire Service," the ATSB said in a statement.

Depending on fire conditions, ATSB investigators will return to the site on Monday to continue their site mapping. "Today’s fire conditions illustrate the complexities of this accident investigation, however ATSB investigators are taking a measured and methodical approach to gathering information without exposing themselves to undue risks and hazards," ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood said.

The ATSB was also working with Coulson Aviation and NSW Police to uncover the cause of the crash, which killed the three US crew members on board on Thursday.Coulson Group chief executive Wayne Coulson said the outpouring of "heartfelt grief" from around the world had been much appreciated. "Our three pilots were known around the world for their skill and experience in aerial firefighting and in the C-130 air-tankers," he said. "They were valued members of our firefighting family and this loss is indescribable."

 

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rachelclun So we’re guaranteed fires whenever the temperature increases and we get a bit of wind? We must be the only country that experiences summer.

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