Inferno by golftragic

Inferno

This photo of a bushfire in Tasmania was taken by Michael Scott Hill, it is not my photo. I posted this brief, and incomplete comment on the fires earlier to several people as a reply but thought an update to all my 365 friends was in order.
As you'd probably know by now this holiday season in Australia has been, and still is disastrous, even catastrophic with large swathes of the country blzackened, still in flames or serious threatened. Over 1000 homes lost, umpteen sheds etc and heaven knows how many livestock. Around 6 million hectares (c16 mill acres) burnt as far. States of emergency declared. The air is dark red or black in broad daylight in lots of places. NZ's getting our smoke. Parts of the major S-E power grid under threat. Major highways and roads are cut or closed. Seven confirmed deaths to date, but over 20 people 'unaccounted for' - so far. The drought-stricken country is tinder dry, fires continue to worsen, some are unbelievably huge, and we're told that we should expect significant fire problems for at least another 8 weeks. The Navy and Army have been in action helping our volunteer and career firies, the former evacuating coastal towns and ferrying supplies, the latter providing a range of specialist support. For the first time ever 3000 Australian Defence Force reservists have been mobilised to assist the firies. Many 'ordinary' Australians are donating goods, time, accommodation etc and money aplenty. Our pathetic PM has handled everything very poorly and getting lambasted in the media though the several State Premiers have been magnificent. We're in a very safe part of the country, thank goodness, although there are significant fire risks to some area of Victoria to the west of us.
Blimey. We've been watching all of this of course, and at long last the NZDF is sending planes and troops to help but, as my uncle used to say, "hell's bells and buckets of blood" she's in a bad way. Stay safe!
January 5th, 2020  
we have been reading about the aussies' predicament and canada is praying for all of you down there. stay safe, marnie!
January 5th, 2020  
Oh no.. We are seeing the effects of the fires in our sky's today .. check out my todays upload..
January 5th, 2020  
@graemestevens Thanks Graeme. We've had Kiwi volunteer firies here for a while thank you. Some from the US and Canada too. All help gratefully received. We're in no danger unless the whole bloody lot goes up, please keep your fired up fingers well under control for the time being.
January 5th, 2020  
@summerfield Heartfelt thanks Vikki.
January 5th, 2020  
It is so sad to see what is happening
January 5th, 2020  
@julzmaioro I just saw your upload Julz, incredible shots albeit downright scary.
January 5th, 2020  
@summerfield Canada has already sent us some very welcome fire-fighters, all help gratefully received, our people are exhausted.
January 5th, 2020  
I think the eerie skies here in NZ today gives us a gentle reminder to reflect on what all of you poor people are having to go through. Kia Kaha xx
January 5th, 2020  
@zeezee Thank you very much for caring.
January 5th, 2020  
It's absolutely devastating to see what is happening in Australia. My heart goes out to everyone. One can never thank the firefighters enough for the hard work that they do, the risks they take.
January 5th, 2020  
@salza Thank you very much Sally, I'm sure you're familiar with fires given where you live so you'd know only too well what it all means.
January 5th, 2020  
I have been reading about your extremely distressing situation with considerable interest. I can't believe the power of the weather storms that these infernos create! I am glad to hear that you are in a safe place, but I fear that these fires are a harbinger of things to come for all of us. Bless you, all.
January 5th, 2020  
So heartbreaking Marnie, I just cried when I watched the German News documentary on the situation lat night. 480 millions species have died in the fires, not to mention the poor people who died or lost everything. We have fires here too, but I have never seen anything so devastating. I have family living in Sydney and Brisbane and very worried about them. Wishing, hoping and praying that the much needed rain will come and that the fires will be under control soon. Thoughts and prayers are also with my 365 friends and hope you all stay safe.
January 5th, 2020  
That looks terrifying. :-(
January 5th, 2020  
@rosiekerr Thank you Rosie, it's wonderful to have such support from my overseas friends. Australia has always had bushfires/wildfires and droughts but never before on this scale and magnitude. There is no doubt that seasons and weather are changing and no amount of climate denial head-in-the-sand by our supposed leaders will help.
January 5th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana Thank you so much Diana, with family here I'm sure you're well informed about the situation here which in the affected areas is nothing short of catastrophic. Little to no chance of significant rain especially in the fire zones unfortunately. The authorities are saying we can expect that some of the bigger and/or more inaccessible fires will burn for weeks or more. The smoke is too dense to allow aerial support too. It's so good to have the support of my 365 friends even though we are in a very safe place others are certainly not. All we can do in a practical sense is to donate generously. Like many, many others I've done so for people but have now found where to donate for animal/wildlife help so will get on to that asap. Everyone's getting involved. As I think you know, our golf club has two courses, one (alternating each day) for green fee players. Both have full fields in the holiday season. I was rapt to see that the club is donating $2 for each green-fee booking for the whole of January, members are encouraged to donate any prize money they win plus, of course, any other donations people want to make.
January 5th, 2020  
January 5th, 2020  
Thanks god you’re safe. The news are almost unbelievable. The extension and size of the fires is something I never heard of. And the fact there’s nothing to do but waiting! I hope people, at least, are protected by the government.
January 5th, 2020  
@domenicododaro My heartfelt thanks to you and my other 365 friends Domenico. In general, Australians have a secular worldview combined with a healthy suspicion that our politicians spend far too much time and effort minding their own interests and guarding their own backs. There are exceptions, of course, but the respective party machines eventually grind them down or kick them out when no-one (important) is looking. The self-centred and ill-advised behaviour of our current PM in this national catastophe has only served to consolidate this view for many of us, including me. Fortunately, we ordinary Aussies have a great tradition of getting stuck in and helping in troubled times regardless.
January 5th, 2020  
@golftragic this is the luck and the misfortune of certain societies. When ordinary people gets involved and solves problems that the government is unable to face. It’s ordinary life in Italy,too. Maybe too many Italians migrated to Australia!
January 5th, 2020  
Its like a war that nobody has asked for! Huge impact on the world really - so many thousands of hectares destroyed! Amazing photo!
January 5th, 2020  
What a heartbreaking photo. As you know I am not posting at the moment but I thought I would drop in to see today's photos. Our smoke has reached New Zealand.
My pal Jo has just been evacuated from the Southern Highlands.

I have no incentive to take photos at the moment. I am devastated by the fires. I don't see any end in sight for a while. Will email you soon. Stay safe.
January 5th, 2020  
I watch this news with great pain. How much talk about destroying the Earth. And nothing, politicians argue further and smile at the camera. This fire is an alert for the entire planet. We have already crossed the red line!
January 5th, 2020  
So sorry to hear about the disastrous fires. Not much of it in the regular news, but we watch also BBC and CNN to be informed. The power of nature leaves without words. Take care
January 5th, 2020  
You've summed up the devastation so well - it's just unbelievable!
January 5th, 2020  
We have regular reports and documentaries on the Dutch news/television ; devastating ....
January 5th, 2020  
The image and your narrative is heartbreaking Marnie! I watch the news and cannot believe what I am seeing and hearing. The queues of people in cars trying to escape is horrific. The number of animals and birds lost is mind numbing - heartbreaking is not a strong enough word. Your wonderful firies are doing an incredible job and now thankfully have some backup from other countries and also the armed forces helping. Stay strong and stay safe!!
January 5th, 2020  
A tragic catastrophe
January 5th, 2020  
good thing you are safe - hope they control this soon
January 5th, 2020  
I keep hoping that the fire situation will improve but it just seems to be getting worse. So many areas have been devastated.
January 5th, 2020  
Just so huge and so widespread. Was just checking the Sydney Morning Herald interactive map on live fires. I have many family and friends in Australia. Posted today about it on mine too. You are all so much in my thoughts and prayers.
January 5th, 2020  
Our whole country seems to be burning! How can anyone try to control a fire like the one shown in your post? Whilst my heart goes out to the people and towns decimated I find I cannot even start to think about the loss of wildlife - it is just too terrible to contemplate. S much pain and suffering.....
January 5th, 2020  
Oh, Marnie, the news of Australia is heartbreaking! Until recently, I'd only overheard people mentioning it, but I don't watch television, so I'd seen nothing for myself. I empathize fully as I know the heartbreak and terror, even from a distance, knowing of the places burning down , even if we don't know someone there personally. And the animals!!! Dear God, our favorites there, and what tragedy it's wracking...a death no living being should have to experience! I'm SO SORRY you're enduring them, and please know my heart and prayers are with your country. I want to come back in to 365, but I still have so much I need to see to offline! My love and hugs to you...
January 5th, 2020  
Oh Marnie...what has our world come to? I fear Australia in the canary in the coal mine. And even if it isn’t, the loss of wild lands, wildlife, clean air, sense of safety...heartbreaking.
January 6th, 2020  
@maggiemae You're absolutely right MM, it is just like a war zone in large swathes of the southern half of Australia.
January 11th, 2020  
@domenicododaro Too many of our bloody politicians and so-called leaders seem to be too busy playing politics and covering their posteriors in case they have to shoulder some of whatever blame is going round. You're right, they just won't face facts. As for 'our' Italians, we love 'em.
January 11th, 2020  
@onewing I hear you loud and clear Babs, I feel much the same.
January 11th, 2020  
@haskar You are absolutely right Haskar. What's really scary is that this scenario seems to be the same all across the world.
January 11th, 2020  
@caterina Thanks Caterina. Anyone, no matter how powerful they think they are, is puny and helpless in the face of Nature's wrath.
January 11th, 2020  
@gilbertwood Hope you folks are OK in your neck of the woods. Looking forward to seeing you in Birregurra in Februaray sometime.
January 11th, 2020  
@blueberry1222 Thank you. Definitely!
January 11th, 2020  
@merrelyn Absolutely unbelievable what's happening across the whole of the southern half of Australia. How good is ScoMo?
January 11th, 2020  
@robz I couldn't agree more Rob, what's coming out about the devastation on our wildlife is absolutely appalling. Some species are likely to be extinct in the wild. And the extent and degree of suffering from direct fire impact or lack of food doesn't bear thinking about. Will we ever learn anything??
January 11th, 2020  
@Weezilou My heartfelt thanks Louise, I appreciate your sympathetic comments very much indeed. You Californians are no strangers to fire on this scale. There's a bunch of your Californian fire-fighters here now working alongside our lot. So great to see this kind of international co-operation instead of our leaders stirring up trouble.
January 11th, 2020  
@jgpittenger Jane, Jane, you are soo right! The scariest thing is that this kind of disaster is not confined to Australia. Think California, Siberia, the Amazon etc, etc.
January 11th, 2020  
@pamknowler My sincere thanks Pam. We are, ourselves, in no danger, but so many others, human and animal, are in devastingly dire straits. Over a billion various wildlife now said to have perished, with some now said to be extinct in the wild. And those which survived the fires have little or no food in the burned out areas. So wonderful to see such fantastic help from other countries. To my knowledge we now have people and/or equipment working here from the US, Canada, NZ (of course), and Singapore. May well be others too, apologies if I've inadvertently overlooked anyone. Any firies coming to help must already be well trained and familiar with the kind of fires here for obvious reasons.
January 11th, 2020  
This is such a horrendous event, we all have forgotten about the photography here - this is tremendous! fav
January 11th, 2020  
@golftragic Yes we're fine down this way thanks. A fire at Bjim Bim National park last week (an hour away) but out now. definitely looking forward to Birregurra :)
January 11th, 2020  
Such a terrible event Marnie. We keep following the news and it honking of your country in such horrendous situation. Hope that the fires will be extinguished soon, but the houses lost are many and the fauna damaged so much! Thank you for sharing your view of what’s happening
January 11th, 2020  
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