‘It looked like an atom bomb’: telescope saved but ‘dangerous’ bushfire destroys homes
The Sydney Morning Herald has been reporting the bushfires that have been raging across New South Wales. The latest bushfire engulfed an area near the town of Coonabarabran, destroying thirty-three houses in its way. Luckily it spared the astronomical observatory at Siding Springs. The observatory is the owned by the Australian National University, eighteen staff members had to be evacuated. The scientists were grateful for the efforts of the volunteers in the Rural Fire Service that saved the telescopes, however some of the out buildings were destroyed.
A resident was interviewed by the Herald who stated “This is the moment I will never forget. I was staring into a wall of fire that had engulfed the horizon and that was fast approaching.
“It was pretty hectic,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. It came up so quick and was phenomenal.” So he turned and fled.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/it-came-up-so-quick-and-was-phenomenal-the-moment-mark-will-never-forget-20130114-2cp34.html#ixzz2HxOpbRdo