Throwback Thursday: 2013 Hunter bushfires in pictures

The devastating 2013 Hunter bushfires in pictures FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John
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FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

A fire sign near Nords Wharf. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Simone De Peak

Checking power lines in Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Simone De Peak

The scene at the Gwandalan motorbike club. Picture: Phil Hearne

A scorched sign pointing to the Catherine Hill Bay pub. Picture: Peter Rae

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Simone De Peak

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Simone De Peak

Exhausted firefighters take a rest while fire burns beside them in Cragan Bay Road, Nords Wharf. Photo by PHIL HEARNE

The remnants of the old Jetty Masters Cottage, Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Simone De Peak

Fire damage at Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Simone De Peak

Rural Fire Service crews taking a break at Finnan Park. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Simone De Peak

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Damage at the Byrne property on Cabbage Tree Road, Williamtown. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Josh Fitzroy and his brother Brandon evacuate Nords Wharf. Picture: Phil Hearne

A scene from the corner of Flowers Drive and the Pacific Highway, Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Phil Hearne

The remains of historic Wallarah House. Picture: Simone De Peak

A view towards the jetty at Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Simone De Peak

NSW Rural Fire Service crew resting at Finnan Park, Campvale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NSW Fire and Rescue at the Finnan Park command post. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

THE NSW Fire and Rescue command post. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

National Parks staff hose down smouldering logs along Medowie Road. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Darren Watkins, of Medowie, shows how close fire came to his shed. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A burnt-out garage on the Pacific Highway. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scorched pottery pigs at the Big T roadhouse, alongside the Big Prawn. Picture: Phil Hearne

Firefighters at Nords Wharf. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Gwandalan motorbike club. Picture: Phil Hearne

The razed roadhouse and the Big Prawn. Picture: Peter Rae

The Big T roadhouse. Picture: Phil Hearne

The Big T roadhouse. Picture: Phil Hearne

The remains of historic Wallarah House. Picture: Simone De Peak

Destroyed greenhouses owned by David Kilgannon on Cabbage Tree Road, Williamtown. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Iskey and his owner Meryl Mansour at the Swansea RSL evacuation centre. Picture: Darren Pateman

Emergency Services Minister Mike Gallacher speaks to evacuees.

Jack Byrne at the family residence on Cabbage Tree Road. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Incident controller Stuart Farleigh discussing strategy. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fires near the Nords Wharf bushfire centre. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

June Hammond, of Murrays Beach, with her dog Pebbles at the Swansea RSL evacuation centre. Picture: Darren Pateman

Sally Marsh and her dog Tillie at the Swansea evacuation centre. Picture: Darren Pateman

Rural Fire Service Hunter zone group captain John Ryan at the Finnan Park command post. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Firefighters at Nords Wharf. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Michelle Byrne, whose home dog grooming business burnt down along with the family’s shed on Cabbage Tree Road, Williamtown. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by James Brickwood

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Catherine Hill Bay and Chain Valley Bay on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

A scene at Ricardson Road Raymond Terrace on Friday. Photo by Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at Fingal Bay. Picture submitted by Selwyn Cox

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at Fingal Bay. Picture submitted by Selwyn Cox

Fire at Fingal Bay. Picture submitted by Selwyn Cox

Fire at Fingal Bay. Picture submitted by Selwyn Cox

Fire at Fingal Bay. Picture submitted by Selwyn Cox

Fire at Fingal Bay. Picture submitted by Selwyn Cox

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Scenes from the fires at Lemon Tree Passage, Port Stephens, on Sunday. Picture: Phil Hearne

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

Fire at the back of Amaroo Crescent, Fingal Bay, on Sunday. Picture Jonathan Carroll

A bushfire burns south of Taree. Picture: Carl Muxlow

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

A bushfire burns south of Taree. Picture: Scott Calvin

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason Hubers

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Matthew Kelly

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Matthew Kelly

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Kieran Resevsky, of Merewether

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Kieran Resevsky, of Merewether

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Leonie Davis

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Leonie Davis

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Fire burns at Glenrock recreation area, near Newcastle. Picture: Leonie Davis

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

Scenes of the Glenrock fire by Bradley Cody.

A bushfire burns south of Taree. Picture: Carl Muxlow

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

CHAOS Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

Pictures taken from the corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. PIC JONATHAN CARROLL

Pictures taken from the corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. PIC JONATHAN CARROLL

Pictures taken from the corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. PIC JONATHAN CARROLL

Pictures taken from the corner of Cabbage Tree Road and Nelson Bay Road. PIC JONATHAN CARROLL

Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

Scenes from Williamtown as a fire breaks containment lines. Pictures by Jonothan Carroll

Firefighters battle fire Michelle’s dog grooming shed beside a home on Cabbage Tree Road. Photo by PHIL HEARNE

Firefighters battle fire Michelle’s dog grooming shed beside a home on Cabbage Tree Road. Photo by PHIL HEARNE

Firefighters battle fire Michelle’s dog grooming shed beside a home on Cabbage Tree Road. Photo by PHIL HEARNE

Firefighters battle fire Michelle’s dog grooming shed beside a home on Cabbage Tree Road. Photo by PHIL HEARNE

SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES Newcastle is shrouded in the fallout from the Heatherbrae fire. Pictures by Simone De Peak (2)

SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES Newcastle is shrouded in the fallout from the Heatherbrae fire. Pictures by Simone De Peak (2)

SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES Newcastle is shrouded in the fallout from the Heatherbrae fire. Pictures by Simone De Peak (2)

SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES Newcastle is shrouded in the fallout from the Heatherbrae fire. Pictures by Simone De Peak (2)

SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES Newcastle is shrouded in the fallout from the Heatherbrae fire. Pictures by Simone De Peak (2)

SMOKE GETS IN OUR EYES Newcastle is shrouded in the fallout from the Heatherbrae fire. Pictures by Simone De Peak (2)

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook Ashlee Colhoun

OMINOUS The view from Newcastle looking north this afternoon. Picture by Simone De Peak

Twitter pic – Smoke at the Williamtown RAAF base by Amanda Douglas.

Twitter image from Andrew Valler – the corner of South Street and Medowie Road near the golf course.

Supplied pic of Lake Munmorah fire from Wangi over Pulbah Island. Photo Jason Gordon

Scenes from the fire at Catherine Hill Bay on Thursday night. Pictures by Jonathan Carroll

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook University Drive, by Hannah Sunderland

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook Tomago Road by Michael Mcgowen

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook The view from Pelican at Lake Macquarie

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook The view from Pelican at Lake Macquarie by Morgan Williams.

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook jiissee

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook The view from Newcastle looking north, by ndrewg

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Pictures from Twitter and Facebook ross smart

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Pictures from Twitter and Facebook Looking south from Bar Beach towards Lake Munmorah by Peter Harrigan

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook Lisa Allan

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook Kate Stokes

Pictures from Twitter and Facebook Heatherbrae by Michael Mcgowan

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Pictures from Twitter and Facebook awa meech

Image from Dave Bean from the top of King Edward Park, looking north to the fires.

HELL ON EARTH A shot of the Port Stephens fires as seen from Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral. Photo by Mark Snelson

GROUNDED Firefighters battle the flames at Newcastle Airport.

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRE: It’s the fourth anniversary of the catastrophic fires we had in our area, might bring it all back for some of the locals. Picture: Dylan St John

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FIRES: October 2013. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook The Hunter in flames 2013In October 2013 high fuel loads, coupled with warm, dry and windy weather provided the perfect conditions for a firestorm.

Bushfires raged across several locations in theHunterandCentral Coast. The skies turned orange and smoke was seen from most vantage points in the city. Fires ravaged more than 33,000 hectares in the region, but the inferno wasfelt across the state.

The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrelldeclared astate of emergencyon October 20.The fires were said to bethe worst in the state since the 1960s.

2013 REPORTS

Lake Macquarie homes under threatYOUR PHOTOS: The Hunter in flamesFiries prayfor respiteLake Munmorah bushfire tragedy as man dies defending homeThe burning investigation into whether the 2013 NSW infernos were deliberate