by Anthony Cox
Bushfires have a wide variety of causes. There are natural causes, such as lightning strikes; and accidental causes, such as sparks from farm machinery, incinerators, power lines, vehicle crashes, escapes from burning off and camp fires.
Most bushfires occur during the Bushfire Danger Period, from October 1 to March 31 each year. As the dates below indicate, some bushfire seasons are worse than others. (bold added)The list includes
1991/92: On October 16, two lives were lost at Kenthurst in the Shire of Baulkham Hills. Emergency declarations were made for the councils of Baulkham Hills, Gosford City, Wyong Shire and Lake Macquarie. Nearly 2,500 bushfirefighters battled more than 30 blazes around the State. 14 homes were destroyed.
ABC News Watch also record a history of October Fires:
- Gale and Fire Nepean Times 13 October 1928
- Gale and Fire The Queenslander 11 October 1928
- "Red Steer" Loose As Heat Wave Flames The Land 29 October 1948
- Many Bushfires as Heat Sets Four-year Record SMH 28 October 1948
- N.S.W. Under Smoke Pall Townsville Daily Bulletin 24 October 1951
- Big Losses in Fierce NSW fires The News 24 October 1951