• Short Summary

    THE ISOLATED OV CENTRAL QLD.. THE SETTING TODAY (YESTERDAY) FOR AN INTENSE HEAT EXPERIMENT THAT?

  • Description

    THE ISOLATED OV CENTRAL QLD.. THE SETTING TODAY (YESTERDAY) FOR AN INTENSE HEAT EXPERIMENT THAT COULD DETERMINE FUTURE HANDLING OF MAJOR AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES.

    OPERATION EUROKA .. AN ABORIGINAL WORD MEANING "BIG FIRE".. WAS SPARKED OFF AT TWO O'CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON AT LANGLEY DOWNS.. 110
    MILES
    (110 MILES) NORTH WEST OF ROCKHAMPTON.

    THE MEN BEHIND AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MAN MADE BONFIRE MOVED IN TWO MONTHS AGO. SCIENTISTS, TECHNICIANS, THEY REPRESENTED A NUMBER OF FIELDS. THE EXPERIMENT WAS ARRANGED BY THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE STANDARDS LABORATORIES BACKED BY THE FOREST FXX RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND THE MRXX BURUXX BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY.

    THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE SENT EQUIPMENT AND OBSERVERS.

    EUROKA BEGAN ON PAPER MONTHS AGO. ITS AIM .. TO INVESTIGATE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH HIGH DENSITY FIRES DEVELOP... TO L0OK AT THEIR RATE AND EXTENT OF SPREAD... AND TO TRY OUT FIRE PROTECTION METHODS. ITS SIGNIFICANCE WAS BOTH CIVILIAN AND MILITARY.

    STILL, DESPITE MONTHS OF PLANNING, OPERATION EUROKA PROVED LESS SPECTACULAR THAN EXPECTED.. THE DEVASTATING FIRE STORMS PLANNED FAILED TO DEVELOP DESPITE A 90-DEGREE STARTING TEMPERATURE.

    BUT LATE THIS AFTERNOON (YESTDY) IT APPEARED OPERATION EUROKA WOULD YIELD ALL OR NEARLY ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DATA IT SET OUT TO GAIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA47ESZ730NRUGXRHSTTMA9F2OE
    Media URN:
    VLVA47ESZ730NRUGXRHSTTMA9F2OE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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