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'The Urban Forest Fire Memorial') responds to the Remlaw bushfire of February 2009 which affected 2218 hectares of land and approximately 360 properties. The memorial is an expression of appreciation from the communities involved for the strength of the people who worked together to save lives and protect property, including sites of cultural significance. 

The sculpture`s concept is based on the natural elements of fire, water, flora and fauna. The image of the bird is the actual shape formed by the Remlaw fire. 

The sculpture is housed in a shelter which also contains information about the fire. 

The fire started at 12.30pm on February 7, when strong winds blew over a power pole at Remlaw, west of Horsham. The fire first went south-west and then south-east, across the Wimmera Highway and Wimmera River to the Horsham Golf Course and then to Haven, south of the city. Firemen were able to save the general store, town hall and school at Haven, though flames came within metres of those buildings. Winds of up to 90 km/h (56 mph) changed direction three times during the day, and caused conditions described by a CFA fireman as the worst he had ever seen.


Address:Eastgate Drive, Horsham, 3400
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.724136
Long: 142.196525
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event STart Date:07-February-2009
Actual Event End Date:07-February-2009
Monument Designer:Donal Molloy-Drum


Front Inscription
Remlaw Fire

( Historical Information on Fire) 
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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