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The bush fire season in 2019/2020 was the most destructive in NSW history.
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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?

Hey Firestormers!

When a pyro-cumulonimbus forms residents and firefighters are warned that they may hear thunder, see lightning, and experience erratic winds.

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  • Black Summer 2019/2020


One year on from the 2019/2020 summer catastrophic bushfires, the Central Coast Council took time to say ‘thank you’ to the volunteers, frontline workers and residents who helped to protect the community and give back during one of the most devastating natural disasters the Coast has ever seen. The bush fires of summer 2019/20 will leave a lasting impact on us all. As we hear the unique stories of 15 courageous locals who gave so much during this time, one common theme shines through: the strength, resilience and spirit of the Central Coast community.

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.

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