In December 2007 Kangaroo Island, South Australia has been hit by a series of bushfires which destroyed more than 95000 hectares of forest ( 20% of the island) and unfortunately killed countless animals. The Flinders National Park, Vivionne Bay and D’Estrees Bay were the most ravaged area.

More than 800 personnel where involved in fire fighting efforts and the event was the largest bushfire operation in South Australia to date.

Much of the vegetation in Kangaroo Island is fire tolerant and recovers well from fire. This 2012 digital aerial ortho-mosaic is the most up-to-date high resolution geospatial dataset available. Despite the fact that large scares are still visible, this 2012 imagery shows that Kangaroo Island is well on its way to total recovery.

The colour-infrared aerial imagery below show how the vegetation has recovered between January 2008 and February 2012.

 

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Digital aerial CIR orthophoto seamless mosaic Kangaroo Island 2008 - Imagery courtesy of DEWNR Customer Service Centre

 

Digital aerial CIR orthophoto seamless mosaic Kangaroo Island 2012

Digital aerial CIR orthophoto mosaic after December 2007 Kangaroo Island bushfires - Imagery courtesy of DEWNR Customer Service Centre

 

Digital aerial CIR orthophoto mosaic over Kangaroo Island 2012