Re: Antarctica's Fire History
I was one of the 21 winterers on base at Rothera, when our laboratory building burnt to the ground. I have uploaded pictures of it in the members' gallery. Unfortunately there was not much that we could do other than watch! Attempts were made to reduce the damage using snowblowers as mentioned above, but it was pretty ineffective as the fire had taken hold inside. It is important not to put anyone at risk in such a remote place, and therefore more effective fire fighting was just not possible.
It also turned out to be the windiest day of the year, luckily blowing the smoke away from the rest of the base...