New South Wales, October 1991

Bushfire - Western Sydney and Central Coast

Quick Statistics

2 Fatalities
$12 Million Insurance Costs
14 Homes Destroyed

On 16 October 1991, a number of fires erupted on the coast of New South Wales many of which were believed to have been deliberately lit. Major towns affected included Kenthurst, Hunter, Shoalhaven, Baulkham Hills, Gosford, Wyong Shire, Lake Macquarie and Cooma. Approximately 2500 firefighters were activated to control around thirty separate incidents across the state. A total of fourteen homes were completely destroyed and two people died in the fires at Kenthurst.

Information Sources

Insurance Council of Australia, Historical disaster statistics, March 2012, website viewed 25 May 2012
New South Wales Government, NSW Rural Fire Service, Brief History of Bush Fires in NSW, 25 May 2011, website viewed 26 May 2011
P Collins, Burn The Epic Story of Bushfire in Australia, 2006, pp 216