Knights in yellow armour.


(Photo from ABC news. Don’t know if I’m breaching any copywrite by putting it here 😦 )

I’ve literally spent the past week glued to the news watching all the reports on the fire situation here in NSW.
Today was the worst possible predicted fire danger day with much of NSW being declared an extreme fire danger risk and the amount of extra reinforcements called in from other states as well as many warnings being broadcast were quite scary.
The prediction was for very low humidity and high winds, with gusts of up to 100 km an hr, so every possible precaution was taken which was good to see. Though there were high gusty winds I don’t know that it got that bad, but still an incredibly volatile situation.

I heard that over 47000 hectares of bushland has been burned, and news to date is that it was a Military explosions excercise which triggered the first fire.

I was MOST concerned about my parents and my sister and her family still in the fire affected areas in the Blue mountains. I know much of the bush surrounding them has been burnt but at one point I got very nervous hearing that the fire closest to them was declared an emergency situation with threat of ember attack to homes near by.

I’m happy to say though that the day has passed with amazingly no more loss of property and even more importantly, no loss of life. Everyone is safe, which is just FANTASTIC!
There have been a few more outbreaks of fire, some in our area near the coast – there are helicopters flying overhead as I type, and even though high winds are predicted again for tomorrow, temperatures will drop dramatically so this will make it a whole lot easier to get these fires under some sort of control, hopefully.
The worry I guess is that unless we have some decent rainfall that many of these fires will remain active, or reignite ,and indeed more fires will break out in other areas.

My brother who was part of the volunteer bush fire brigade in the Blue mountains went out yesterday to help with firefighting efforts and will probably be out and about with his camera too filming for the news.
I can’t say enough how much praise these firefighters deserve. They are knights in yellow armour as far as I’m concerned. Their time and sacrifice, their willingness to put themselves into extremely dangerous situations, to work under unbearable conditions for extraordinarily long periods of time to help perfect strangers is to be commended at the highest level.
For their families too….wives, partners, parents, kids….the worry they must have as their loved ones go off to fight these fires must be such a nerve wracking experience.
We just can’t give enough thanks.

These events fill me with such joy. I know that sounds strange. What I mean is, the joy in seeing true HUMANITY shine through.
We see so much cruelty and evil inflicted by human beings in the world, but when these disaster situations happen the media just cannot skew the reality, and the reality is….most human beings are kind, caring and loving and DO reach out and help others.
As my daughter, who lost her home is finding out, the spirit of humanity is alive and well out there, and in turn she will take this experience and I’m sure will pay it forward in the future journey of her life.

About Tracy Lundgren

I am a people watcher,life observer, nature lover, spiritual seeker loving this crazy wild ride that life is taking me on. I am still a blank piece of paper waiting to be filled and that is good.
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9 Responses to Knights in yellow armour.

  1. I totally get what you mean about “Knights in Yellow Armour” and the “joy” in seeing humanity shine through. It is a strange fact that, during the blitz in the 2nd world war, Londoners were closer to each other and more united in the face of a common peril than in any period since then. Perhaps these fires bring out the same feeling, and make you wonder at the marvels of instinct and behaviour which lie dormant within us in more humdrum circumstances

    • desertrose7 says:

      That’s so true. In the face of adversity we often become more connected to the “real” things, the deeper things that make us humans.
      It’s a shame that we skim through life so often without that connection to others.

  2. releaf1954 says:

    I agree that difficult times bring us together in heartwarming ways. A few years ago, a tropical storm toppled a tree in my front yard. The next day, neighbors we had never even met showed up with chain saws and helped us clear the mess. They didn’t ask us whther or not we agreed with their political opinions. They saw a need and they helped. I’d like to believe that’s what most of us do when the chips are down.

  3. THREE CHEERS FOR OUR FIRIES!!!! I can imagine how difficult this must be for you to watch the proceedings and feeling helpless. Thankfully no lives or homes lost. I only wish those with properties were allowed to burn back and clear trees on their land to help these disasters from happening. You can only *hug* a tree so much. Practical measures need to be put in place in the beginning, not after the fact. Take Care, thoughts with your family. x

    • desertrose7 says:

      Thanks, and exactly Jen. Do you know the fines apparently are higher if you decide to backburn on your own property for protective measures compared to the fines given to those arsonists who recklessly light fires with the intent to cause damage? How does that make ANY sense!

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