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“A STORY OF TWO BUSHFIRES� - WILL CARMODY - CONT. Captain of the Cascade Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. Will was Senior Fire Control Officer for Shire of Esperance West Zone 2. Incident Control Officer with Shire of Esperance at Level 1 fire.

At about 3 or 4pm in the afternoon, teams of investigators arrived from the police and the DFES arson squad. I did a full briefing for them, which was a pretty daunting task, and it got a bit much. My heart sank a lot during those moments. I was offline for the next four days as I worked with the investigators, trying to find the ignition point of the fire. It was Thursday, when using my plotted GPS points, phone photos and the GPS on my IPAD, we flew out to try and locate ground zero. The iPhone and iPad led the investigators to the exact point. Standing in the middle of the bush, in front of the very tree that was struck by lightning and started the entire chain of events, elicited a pretty strange feeling. The investigators felt the same way. The tree was still standing, albeit with a shattered trunk, surrounded by semi intact understorey, associated with the cool burn of a fledgling fire. IMAGE (right): Ground zero composite image. The strike tree that caused the fire. The semi burnt bush around the tree delineates the cold burn of ignition. Within remote bushland, an iPad and GPS were used to walk to and plot the exact location. Photographer: Will Carmody.

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