(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.