Thunderstorm Warnings on the fireground
On the 31 December 2019, a fire generated thunderstorm (pyro-cumulonimbus) formed over the Badja Forest Road, Bumbo Creek and Big Belimba Creek fires.These thunderstorms may result in escalated fire behaviour.
Imagine you heard thunder and lightning over a fireground, what else could you expect?
When a pyro-cumulonimbus forms residents and firefighters are warned that they may hear thunder, see lightning, and experience erratic winds.
A pyro-cumulonimbus, of fire-generated thunderstorm, can create erratic winds and dry lightning and result in significantly faster fire spread. This is a very dangerous situation, especially for firefighters out on the fireground.