Exceptional moment, people still find a tree on fire from the forest fires, despite being soaked with 200 mm of rain
- Father of two was surprised to find a tree that burned after heavy rain drenched the land
- Remaining embers can ignite flames months after the parents’ bushfire has been extinguished
- Hollow trunk with a hole in the base burned like a chimney with a chimney
- Exhausted firefighters still on patrol on the NSW south coast fighting flames
An astonished oyster farmer made an alarming discovery when he saw a thick black tree burn like a chimney despite 200 mm of rain pouring over the ground.
Pinnacle Oysters founder Christos Paschalidis found the trunk with the fire heart as he drove to one of his oyster tenants in Tomakin, a small coastal town on the south coast of New South Wales between Batemans Bay and Moruya.
“We’ve had a lot of rain – I couldn’t believe it,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
The fire spooked from the blackened ghost forest that was soaked in so much rain that sheets of water were gathering on the ground, clearly visible in the video
“The soil is soaked. It was quite a shock to see it flare up like this. ”
The bright orange flames peeked out of a hole in the bottom of the hollow trunk, glowing ominously against the charred and blackened eucalyptus forest.
The fire burned despite heavy rainfall, so that water flooded and gathered on the ground, where it was clearly visible in the video.
“No surprise if you have a hollow tree, just like a firebox with a flue,” wrote Simon Harris on Facebook.
Mr. Paschalidis, 35, said the burning trunk was behind the Oaks Ranch and Country Club hotel, not far from the Mogo Zoo where more than 200 animals were rescued from a fiery death by the dedication of staff who remained and the fires fought.
‘They lost a little bit of stuff (in the forest fires), but the terrain guard saved the houses and buildings. They have lost a few old machine sheds at the back. ”
Oyster farmer Chris Paschalidis showing his boys how to steer the boat in 2018. The father of two said they were lucky enough not to lose the boat in the fire
One of Mr Paschalidis’s Pinnacle Oysters. The 35-year-old father has several lease contracts, including on the south coast of NSW near Tomakin, a small village between Batemans Bay and Moruya
The father of two said that he had lost some of his oyster farming tools in the fires, including some posts.
“We were pretty lucky, we didn’t lose the boat,” he said.
National fire department spokesman James Morris said that several fires were still burning in the Bega Valley and Snowy Valley areas, but that this rainfall was expected to be included or extinguished in the next 48 hours.
Morris said that burning logs could re-ignite forest fires long after the parent fire was extinguished and the rain dried up.
“There is no time limit, it can even be days, weeks, months in some cases,” he said.
“The only thing needed is one cross to cross the border,” he said.
Morris said that crews of voluntary firefighters, exhausted by months of service, continued to patrol the Bega Valley to extinguish such fires.
New Year’s fires burn on January 2 at the back of an oyster farm in Bateman’s Bay. Mr. Paschalidis said he lost a few poles but was lucky to escape with most of his equipment intact
One of Mr Paschalidis’s leases at Tuross Head in Eurobodalla on the south coast of the NSW between Moruya and Narooma, an area that is hit by forest fires in January. The Rural Fire Service says there are still fires burning in the Bega Valley and Snowy Valley, although the rain helps to put them out