A very tense day just past with fires breaking out all around the valley. With no mobile phone coverage here therefore no direct alerts, I was woken by loud shouting and vehicle movement on a neighbouring property at 3 am.
Then I saw a tree light up like a roman candle on the cliffs to my north. Then the phone started ringing with neighbours deciding what to do, leave or stay.
I got into action, filling containers and buckets with water. Sweeping up dried leaves and packing a bag with water, food and the essentials.
The Rural Fire Brigade arrived at 11. They inspected the 3 water tanks for their outlets, luckily the tanks are fill. Marked my neighbour ( Joe) and my frontage so other firies know we are staying to defend as long as possible.
My escape route is to Chris’s large flat open space where we have agreed to meet if the time arrives to abandon our homes.
A huge thank you to Chris Carson, NP worker, who is my next neighbour and keeps me informed of the fire’s progress.
Tuesday is going to be the next high danger alert day which extends from the Queensland to Victoria.
Who ever thought 20 years ago when our valley regularly got 2 and a half metres of rain annually to see now less than half that rain. To watch the forest dry out and to have to endure the politicians who still deny climate change as a reality.