This week I have been absent from the blog world. I am really sorry about that. It has been a hard week here. Bushfires have come really close to my home.
Over the weekend the local Bushfire Brigade did a hazard reduction burn in the bushland behind our house. The smoke was pretty thick here and we spent a lot of time going out to avoid it. It had been smouldering for a few days, then on Tuesday the wind picked up to gale force. It fanned all the smouldering embers and a hot and dangerous bushfire started. It stayed within containment lines for a little while then became out of control around 2pm. I received automated messages both via text and on my home phone, from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) telling me to prepare my home and seek shelter as the fire impacts. Here is photograph I took from my driveway…
I packed medications, nappies, formula and a few clothes and things I could carry into the car, collected the big kids from school got ready to evacuate. Reports came in of houses on fire along the main road less than 1km from my house. The sky was thick with smoke and all I could hear were sirens and the drum of water bombing air craft flying low overhead. Then the threat seemed to abate, so we unpacked and went on as normal.
The next day the fires flared up again. So once again, pack the car, collect the kids from school and wait. This time the fire was closer. The water bombers were dumping really close to our house. The kids could see the people on board. Fire trucks raced down our street, fire fighters and jumped out and started hosing the flames we could see at the bottom of our street. I am eternally grateful for the work the RFS did these last two days. They more than definitely saved our houses and possibly our lives. No words of gratitude can ever repay that.
Today the tower of smoke is a long way off into bushland and the water bombers, although still flying overhead in a steady stream, are dumping their loads a long way away. Crisis is over. Blog world I am back. I will leave you with some video footage I shot on the Wednesday as the fire impacted for the second time. This footage was shot in my driveway.