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Extreme bush fires can create 'pyromaniac' clouds

Learn how extreme bush fires are capable of creating 'pyromaniac' clouds that make the fire even more ferocious.

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Imagine you can see a pyrocumulonimbus cloud forming. What can you tell your family about it?

Hey Firestormers!

Get familiar with how big bush fires can create their own weather systems.

  • Fire behaviour,
  • Fire in the environment,
  • Environment


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.

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds can shoot out lightning many kilometres away from the main fire.

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