Back before Covid became the topic of the day….here in Australia, we had catastrophic fires down most of the east coast of the mainland. It was so devastating to read about them and more so to see the images on the television of thousands upon thousands of acres of forests and land burning, of animals, both native and otherwise obliterated from the landscape in an instant. And oh, to see the tragedies people were facing, from losing everything they had to losing a loved one.
It was still very fresh in the minds of Tasmanians as we had experienced terrible fires the summer before in 2018/19…one of those wildfires was burning just 10km from our own home.
Not as catastrophic as the mainland fires and we suffered no loss of human life. It could have played out differently if not for the dedicated crews that spent days upon days on the burning front lines while the rest of us prayed ardently for rain.
Outside of Kingston, SE Tasmania is a water reservoir which I noticed had been painted expressing the communities gratitude. I see it everytime I drive past, several times a week, and I never fail to remember the effort others have made for our safety.