Namadgi burning / Canberra burning / Australia burning
Sometimes sh*t happens, ladies and gentlemen. Or accidents happen, to be more polite. Canberra’s beloved Namadgi National Park is on fire and the fire is heading towards Canberra’s southern most rural settlement, located just beyond the city proper. It’s just been one day after wretched day for over a month now. Many Canberrans will spend an anxious night and next few days. Some southsiders in the path of the fire have already evacuated. My family lives on the other side of town to the fire. We are fine for now.
Of course, the animals in the national park and surrounding reserves haven’t evacuated. This fire will add to the already staggering toll on wildlife due to bushfires in Australia this summer. I’ve had a bit of a cry about it. Who wouldn’t? The Orroral Valley (Namadgi) fire, which has burned over 8,000 hectares since yesterday, started in the same area that was featured in my post, In The Firing Line. Prescient? Nup, just bad luck. The fire was started by a military helicopter undertaking a surveillance flight. It was just a dreadful accident with potentially deadly consequences (see here). Good grief, you would think the big guy had it in for us! You know …. those in the Canberra bubble.
We may not have the big guy on our side, but we have the wonderful emergency services, volunteer fire fighters and aerial support teams doing their utmost to protect our city and surrounds. I thank them for all their hard work in difficult and dangerous circumstances.
I still don’t know where we’ll go if we have to evacuate. I’ve got three noisy, anti-social dogs and two geriatric canaries. We could go north I suppose — to where the drought has broken and the wet season is in full swing. But we probably won’t. I’ve got surgery scheduled in just over a week …
Oh yeah, I took the photo of the billowing smoke from my front yard this evening.