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After the Fires

DaveC

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Recently we had to evacuate my wifes horse from the farm where it is normally agisted. Lightning started multiple bushfires in the hills around the property. The entire area around the farm has been affected by the fires. But thanks to the outstanding work of the predominantly volunteer firefighters, and the firefighting helicopter teams no lives were lost in the fires. Some fires continue to burn, although at a greater distance now. Bridlewood Farm where we agist lost some fencing but no buildings, indeed even the Tigersnake that lives near the driveway survived. Life is gradually getting back to normal.
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Smoke plume from the western edge of the fires, about 24 hours after they started, from around 10km away
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Burnt hillside and roadside with unaffected pasture in between. If you look closely you can see that all of the roadside fencing is damaged.
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Holiday is over Marlee, time for a workout
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Michael J.

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Good nobody got hurt. Great that the horse is safe as well.

Sad event but you captured wonderful photos.
 

DaveC

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Unfortunately, although nobody was lost in the fires as such, a German dressage champion was injured rescuing someone else's horses after saving her own. As far as I know she remains in a very serious condition in ICU.
 

DaveC

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It's now approaching two years since this area was badly burned in the fires. My wife now has her horse on another property about 20km away as the crow flies. For over a year the nearby Mt. Cannibal reserve was closed to the public while dangerously burnt trees were cleared, trails rebuilt, and the environment given some space to start recovering. Yesterday I hiked the trail for the first time since the fires. It's remarkable how much regrowth there has been in the 22 months since the fires swept through, but also sad and sobering the amount of damage still very evident.
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bdbits

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Thanks for the update.

Here in the US at least, I think it is now recognized that not only were there plenty of natural fires prior to modern times, but that not allowing them to burn has significant downsides. It may take a few years, but it will recover. Just takes time.
 

DaveC

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Many Australian plant species have actually adapted to need the fires as part of their germination process. Unfortunately when the fires are too extensive and/or intense, such as happened over much of the eastern coastal regions last summer, even many of these plants are wiped out. Watching the recovery is good, I just hope that we can learn better management quicker than we have been.
 

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