Fire beats at Lithgow State Mine Museum's door

  • Fire & smoke in the power station site.

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    Thursday 17 October

    Fire and smoke in the power station site. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Fire and smoke at Powerstation site: Lithgow Sate Mine

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    Thursday 17 October

    Fire on the eastern side of State Mine Gully. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Fire near Lithgow State mine 2pm October 17

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    Thursday 17 October 2:00pm

    The museum site is surrounded by fire. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Inside the Lithgow State Mine workshops as fires rage

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    Thursday 17 October afternoon

    Photograph taken by blacksmith Phil Spark from the inside of the workshops building shows how dire the situation was yesterday afternoon. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Lithgow state mine fire at night

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    Thursday 17 October nightime.

    Photography by Michael Wilson. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Lithgow State mine 17 October sky on fire

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    Thursday 17 October nightime

    A frightening sky when the “State Mine Fire” hit the actual State Mine on Thursday. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Lithgow State mine stables revealed because of fire

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    October 18

    Ruins of the old horse stables uncovered by the fire. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Wooddire damage behind Lithgow State Mine workshops

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    October 19

    The hillside behind the workshops. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Fire damage in the gully

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    October 19

    Fire damage in the Left Hand Gully. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

  • Little possum found after the fire

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    October 19

    Wildlife rescue. While inspecting fire damage in the Left Hand Gully Jennifer Christison discovered a distressed juvenile ringtail possum. Jennifer and Ray Christison took it to Secret Creek Wildlife Sanctuary ...

  • Lithgow State mine 22 October after the fires

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    October 22

    The State Mine on October 22. It is raining and the scarred bush is alive with rapturous birdsong. Photo courtesy the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park.

The State Mine Fire near Lithgow is one of the first major bushfires in NSW for the 2013/2014 bushfire season.

On 17 October the fire was burning out of control in the Marrangaroo Army range and the Newnes State Forest north of Lithgow and came to the doorstep of the Lithgow State Mine Museum. More than 100 firefighters and volunteers pulled together as one team to combat the worst fire to engulf the hills surrounding the Lithgow Valley since 2003 when fire spread along the ridges above Sheedy’s Gully. 

Ray Christison and others captured the fire's approach to the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park and aftermath.

Visit Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park's Facebook page for updates

For advice in what to do during the emergency:

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/10/17/3870850.htm?site=centralwest

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