After the Fires

The Australian bushfires have attracted worldwide attention.

Here in South Australia they are now contained. Keeping them under close observation for potential flare ups is part of the mopping up process. As well as restoring lives, properties and businesses. Elsewhere, there are fires still burning.

Bushfires are a fact of life in this country. Many native species require fire to regenerate. Signs of new growth are popping up. As are some native species that have not been seen in many years.

This first video contains snapshots from Kangaroo Island, which lies off the southern coast of SA. It is very graphic. Half the island was burnt. But locals are rebuilding. Tourists are returning which is essential to help rebuild and restore. As a nation we are resilient. Tough. And so much help has been pouring in from all over the world. For that we are so very grateful.

Rain has fallen in some places, easing the burden, restoring and rehydrating. Here in Adelaide it rained overnight for the last two nights. Today is cool and windy.

Elsewhere in the country there are massive dust storms in drought stricken areas. Hail storms in others. Floods in yet others. This too is not a new phenomena in this country of extremes. Some say the ferocity of the extremes is harsher. Some blame the PrimeMinister. Some blame lack of good land management. Some blame climate change. Perhaps it is a bit of all that. What is abundantly clear is that there are many lessons to be learnt.

The will to recover, revive and grow is strong.


Raili Tanska

With the love and help of friends we will survive

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