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Bushfires are not supposed to happen in spring…

Down here in Australia, I live in the south and that means colder winters and wetter springs than the northern states.This week, as we’ve been enduring a cold snap as chilly as winter, our friends in the north are battling bushfires. I can’t post photos as they are copyright but to fully understand, click here.

Although bush fires are common in Australia, they are not common in spring. They tend to happen during, and at the end of, long hot summers. They also don’t happen much in Queensland due to the flora. But, years of drought and its devastating effects are changing our environment and the world’s climate is changing, making for a seimsmic shift in how we experience natural disasters. My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones and lost houses — their lives will never be the same. Sadly I know this from being a couple of handshakes away from bushfire victims, from being a nurse who cared for burn victims and from the extensive research I did for my novel, Home Fires.

So what can I do from my damp home in the south ? I can donate to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army I can reach out to friends who live in the areas and check they are doing okay and I can post pretty pictures of my spring garden to try and give people a lift when the mental load of helplessness gets too heavy.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Bushfires are not supposed to happen in spring…”

  1. Hi Fiona

    It is so devastating at the moment and again today we here in Sydney have woken up to a terrible smoke haze that has come down from the bushfires, my heart goes out to everyone and I can hope that there will be lots of rain and very soon.

    I do love those roses they are beautiful

    Have Fun

    Helne

  2. Lotta smoke here in Yeppoon, too and I am hosting 3 fire refugees as they wait for word about going back to their homes which we think safe despite the fire coming right to their back doors. As always, the volunteer firefighters are amazing.

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