The RFS Eco-Holocaust of 2019

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An immense evil has been perpetrated upon the remnant ecology of New South Wales.

Natural forests set aside as national parks and world heritage have been allowed to incinerate on a broad scale not seen before in Australian history.  The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area has been destroyed.  

An tourist campfire unextinguished at the over-popular Ruined Castle Campsite was allowed to burn for days before any government response from custodian NSW National Parks.  So now a third of the precious Jamison Valley has gone along. 

In the northern part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage, the massive celebrated expanse of the wild and rugged Wollemi National Park (5000 square km, or in firie terms 500,00 hectares) a fire that started in late October 2019 on a rural property off Army Road near Gospers Mountain was left to burn for weeks without emergency response.    It was another negligent burn off.   On 9th November, the RFS (Rural Fire Starters) rated it’s risk obscurely as ‘Advice’, whatever that means, and reported that it was “being controlled” – famous last words by this mob.

As at 20th December, the fire has been allowed to effectively wipe out the entire Wollemi National Park east to west, Yengo National Park, and spread south into the adjoining Blue Mountains National Park and now it’s in the Grose Valley.  It is blackened, still and utterly dead. 

The Jurassic period’s Wollemi Pine discovered by chance in 1994 in a remote patch of the Wollemi by Parks Service officer David Noble was reviewed by the NSW Scientific Committee after the International Union for the Conservation of Nature listed it as critical, with fewer than 100 mature individual trees in the wild.   The NSW committee recommended the highest level of endangered status because it is so susceptible to Phytophthera cinnamomi, a pathogen which causes dieback of branches and stems.  But that was not it’s obvious threat.  It was the RFS.

Endangered Wollemi Pine endemic cluster – now incinerated by NPWS and RFS management negligence.

The total World Heritage Area destroyed by this particular bushfire is 720,000 hectares, more than half the size of greater Sydney (comprising multiple fires that have been allowed to all link up into one massive fire ground – Gospers Mountain fire 445000 ha, Kerry Ridge 93000 ha, Little L Complex 92000 ha, Three Mile 45000, Crumps Complex 6000 ha, Paddock Run 29000 ha, Owendale 4000 ha and Mount Victoria 2ooo ha. 

The Mount Victoria fire has since been renamed the Grose Valley Fire with ominous implications of what the RFS intends with that one.  Even the Goulburn River National Park has been targeted (Meads Creek West Fire 14000 ha) and that will no doubt combine with the others.

Coupled with The State Mine Fire of 2013 started by Army ordnance outside Lithgow on a Total fire Ban day which ripped through the Wollemi National Park in 2013, this year’s effort means there is nothing left of Wollemi National Park pretty much from Baerami Creek 100km south to the Wollangambe River and beyond.

This fire front is currently threatening to link up with another massive blaze that started in the Kanangra-Boyd National Park in the southern Blue Mountains around 26th November.   Left to burn it has destroyed most of the national park and the water catchment.

To the south of New South Wales a bushfire allowed to incinerate 220,000 ha of “protected” habitat and wildlife from outside Nowra to Batemans Bay.  The firie command dubbed it the ‘Currowan Fire‘.  More slaughter. 

To the north of News South Wales, two more massive fire grounds, each of comparable size to the above have wiped out more than 2 million hectares of native habitat that is supposed to be ‘protected’ in national parks. 



Regional extinctions will be across multiple species of rare and endangered fauna.  Across the New South Wales eastern seaboard an area the size of Tasmania has gone.  Thousands of koalas have perished.  

This is a mass extinction event, human caused alright.  This is a war crime against ecology.   No wonder the RFS has initiated a media blackout. 

“I love a fire burnt country… bigs me head and pays me wages, see.”

The frequency, ferocity and scale of these bushfire emergencies is well beyond a volunteer Dad’s Army limited by a dated Baby Boomer culture of responsive “protecting life and property” that demonises and antropocentrically dismisses Australia’s remnant and disappearing ecology as ‘vermin’, a ‘hazard’, and ‘fuel’.

The RFS is an abject failure and the government’s use and abuse of its century old volunteer firefighting model has again proven incapable and useless at putting our bushfires in time to save ecology, infrastructure, livestock homes and lives.  Volunteer fire-fighting subsists only to save goverment money so that politicians when in power can redirect the savings of not paying firefighters away from local communities.

The Federal delegation of emergency management, not just that concerning bushfires, is beyond state and territory resources to adequately prepare, respond and extinguish with the military precision demanded for such emergencies.  Australian rural communities each summer witness government overdependence upon an historic volunteer culture that fails rural Australia time and again every summer.  Invariably the emergency overwhelms the Dad’s Army and interstate and overseas crews and resources are brought in – usually too little to late.   This national dependency is reciprocated interstate.  

PM Scott Morrison’s Boomer regurgitation of perpetuating the “spirit of volunteers” is a time old abuse of ordinary rural Australians trying to do their bit for their local community.  It’s callous government paying lip service thanks with no payment or compensation more than a cheap slap on the back for the media, a sausage from the volunteer sizzle and another hollow pet talk.  

Crocodile Tears Culture

Australia’s Prime Minister was publicly ressured last week to return from his Christmas holiday in Hawaii to show some degree of leadership in the wake of New South Wales declared bushfire state of emergency.   The nation’s Hume Freeway between Melbourne and Sydney was closed because of the mega bushfire that had ignited weeks prior many kilometres deep in the wild Blue Mountains Kanangra-Boyd National Park, and so left by authorities to hazard reduce itself until it arrived uncontrolled to cut the Hume Freeway. 

Too little to late yet again. Government is culpable for the ecological holocaust, the 3000+ Koalas burned alive, the utter destruction of World Heritage and ‘protected‘ national parks, the human lives lost, the family homes gone forever, livestock perished, business revenue lost, regional economic losses, and a massive polluting contribution to worsen global greenhouse gases.

Extinction Rebellion need to redirect their targeting of offenders to NSW RFS Headquarters at 4 Murray Rose Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park and to every petrol despatch unit branch.


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5 Responses to “The RFS Eco-Holocaust of 2019”

  1. Conservationist says:

    We have received the following comment Tue 14/01/2020

    I am trying to understand the Australian fires and the many causes and varied responses to prevent or contain them.
    I’m drawn particularly the Gospers Mountain fire which seems to be the largest.
    I live in Sydney and love our wilderness.
    I was intrigued by your comment that this fire is the result of a back burn on Army Road that was not fully put out.
    I checked the RFS Bogee facebook page and cant find anything. Only references on a news site that lightning caused it.
    Is that a convenient excuse on the part of the RFS?
    Any help would be appreciated as to your source of the info.
    You also have me wondering whether the RFS can operate as unpaid volunteers.
    Thanks for the thought provoking article!

    Vincent, Sutherland.

  2. Conservationist says:


    You us both. To begin to understand, contemplate putting your mind in that of a serial arsonist inside a sick culture espousing native forest hate.

    The RFS labelled ‘Gospers Mountain Fire’ was a convenient one for ‘Let’s obliterate the Wollemi World Heritage Wilderness from wild edge to wild edge hundreds of kilometres apart. So vast unique wilderness the size of Singapore has now incinerated. It’s bugger the wildlife and to hell with the endangered Jurassic Wollemi cluster!

    We do not account for the RFS mass crime against ecology. If you want answers ask them directly or go on social media and build a protest movement. The incumbent environmentalists and Greenies are conspicuously silent on Australian COAG government eco-holocaust for 2019.

    We don’t not support volunteerism, particularly when governments use and abuse the volunteers as slaves to do government’s emergency services responsibility, only to result on repeated incompetence, catatstrophic failure and loss, while the paid government bureaucrats hide behind the nobility of volunteerism. Puke.

    We advocate winding up all voluntary fire firefighting organisations on the basis of conflict of interest and serial epic failure.

    Commissioner for More Bushfires Shane Fitzsimmons is your man with your answers, but he is busy standing by the RFS industrial strength shredder, ahead of his retirement. It couldn’t come sooner for this eco-Nazi.


  3. John KLason says:

    I am a Forestry Graduate from the 1970’s. I worked in Pine Plantations- ACT WA, New Zealand, with years of PAID PROFFESSIONAL Firefighting. The fires that blew out into megafires in our day would have been just small patches in the bush, located and attacked immediately. I despair at how useless, amateurish and cowardly the RFS are now. A politician bragged how they had saved several million dollars by getting rid of us after the Canberra fires, even my mates were left to burn, the ones who looked after the ACT for 50 years.

    Myself, at midnight a fire hit, no warning. The RFS came and ran, leaving me alone for two nights and a day, I put out 2km on my own. Then they show up with bulldozer and torched half of what was left. I saved my house, and several others, but the RFS claims they did it! After the fires no help for the wildlife, roos picking over the hay I bought for my starving cattle. Six months later still cleaning up from the RFS (main fire damage minimal).

    The RFS backburn- arson, as no active fire left- and vandalism was commented on by my insurance assessor, as not claimable, they later relented.

    Damage to trees I protected such as red cedars, flooded gum, tallowood, yes, Foresters do love trees and nature, left me decimated.

    Next time the RFS tries to come onto my property they will be stopped, if an 80% rated veteran can hold the ground, why do I need those idiots.

    ps Wedgetails, black cockatoos and some koalas survived (whole gully Koalas torched by “backburn”) .Wallabies were about a hundred strong post fire.

  4. Conservationist says:

    Thank you for your insight.

    We have submitted a response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, and we shall publish this on this website’s front page, hopefully within the week.

    RE: “Damage to trees I protected such as red cedars, flooded gum, tallowood, yes, Foresters do love trees and nature, left me decimated.”
    – one of my best mates is a former forester.
    All good.

    Kind regards,

  5. John KLason says:

    Further to my last post:
    1. I had reported 1000 acres to my South 20 years unburnt a year before the fires hit, I was ignored. I burnt off my two hills the year before, being stopped after myself and neighbours were threatened with arrest and being sued by RFS. The fire took two hours to travel 8km, then 8 hours to get 300m between my hills.
    2. Forestry and National Parks who showed up after 1 1/2 days only had utes, and were not permitted overtime, so only arrived at 9am and left at 3pm???
    3. The RFS dinky toy tankers are useless, 1000l?
    We had 5000l Bedfords, which flattened fires in no time.
    4. On my Fire Tower, I would spot fires, and a unit in that area respond immediately, not waiting up to two hours to page, assemble a crew and await clearance from “above”. Most fires out within one hour(even when 30 in one day).
    5. We did not wear yellow sweatsuits, or wear crap on our shoulders, to brag about our rank. We just put fires out, ASAP, and patrolled afterwards(never done now.
    6. We did not stay on roads waiting, we hiked up to 5km into the bush, even up 5000 foot mountains. Being paid overtime was a good incentive.
    7. The RFS may be volunteers in the bush, but local heads earn up to $150000, and the cost of their rubbish equipment is more than it used to cost Forestry, who had heavy tankers, bulldozers, Graders and experienced firefighters available immediately, paid by a fund under contract.
    8. I crewed a Kenworth prime mover, 5000l tank and V8 holden pump, designed for urban interface, long gone before the Canberra fires, that would have saved hundreds of houses.
    9. I did a demo one day, I was the “old timer”. I put the fire out with a wet bag, being cheered on, but told off for showing up the new state of the art gear.

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