LIVE coverage: 2003 firestorm ten years on
Today Canberra marks ten years since one of the darkest days in the city's history. This is how Canberra commemorated the 2003 firestorm.
2003 Canberra bushfires
Images from the 2003 Canberra bushfires. Photo: Andrew Campbell
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The bushfires enveloping Australia's eastern states have turned deadly with a man killed in Victoria.
Images from the 2003 Canberra bushfires.
Canberrans have been urged to harness the energy and community spirit that followed the January 18 firestorm to tackle ongoing problems in the national capital such as homelessness as a lasting legacy from the disaster.
Alexandra Bagnara’s memories of January 18, 2003, are not typical of most Canberrans. It was her wedding day, and she still remembers it as one of the best of her life.
Canberra legend Robert De Castella, who lost his Chapman home in the 2003 firestorm, believes the national capital is a stronger city 10 years after the disaster.
As a site to mark a horrifying event, the setting and the weather couldn’t have been better.
It was our worst day. Our blackest day. The day fire, smoke and ash blocked the sun and hurled Canberra into a nightmare that some still struggle with a decade later. But it was more than that.
The passage of time since the January 18 firestorm in 2003 is embodied in 10-year-old Roy Arnould. He was born on the day of the firestorm, his mother Takako’s contractions starting as his father Lee was frantically plugging downpipes and filling gutters on the roof of their Duffy home as the firestorm bore down on Canberra.
There are many defining images of the 2003 firestorm - the flames, the silent, smoking forests of naked black trees, the sight of hundreds of Canberrans camped out on the floors of emergency centres.