...and not in a good way. As most of Australia is aware, severe bushfires have been burning in various areas of Victoria for quite a few days now.
These fires are even worse than the infamous Ash Wednesday fires back in the 80's...
So far the death toll (as I write) is estimated at over 130... it's unbelieveable!
However, in the midst of news reports, and photos of the devastation, I was kind of shocked to see this photo:
Does anyone else find the fact that this bushfire survivor is smoking a cigarette disturbing? I mean I know people do strange things when they're traumatised, but considering that at least one of the fires is known to have started from a carelessly discarded cigarette... I find it appalling.
One journalist wrote of his experience in the fire front, and it contradicts everything we've ever been told- that if you're prepared, you're safe. Perhaps not.
How We Cheated Flames of Death- Gary Hughes
One photo of hope in the midst of destruction:
A fire fighter holds a baby sugar glider saved from the fire.
Helicopter crew's description of 'Armageddon'
This is truly disaster on a grand scale. But Australia is a nation of perseverance & sticking together in the tough times... "mateship" if you will...
We will recover!