Friday, November 25, 2011

Margaret River Fires

Oh Dear!

I'm not sure what to say really. What a tragedy! Our little blog is about 'all things Margaret River, that we like and love'. And, what we are witnessing at the moment is a destruction of so many of those things. I have been away from home for a week or so. So much going on. Hangin out with my Mum (always an incredible insight into ones own personality) in Perth. So, we have been watching this disaster develop from afar.

It all started for me when I called Jamie, whose company redid my reticulation. I wanted to ask him to come and reinstate it for summer. He answered the phone abruptly, I teased him that he should get a receptionist as answering the phone in that manner was not good for business. He laughed and said that they were just about to evacuate their house, as a fire was coming his way, he thought I was his wife calling. He was also getting ready to cut a fire break around the house with his bob cat. I was shocked and of course started to find out what was going on.

I have never had any experiences with fire. And, of all the things that would terrify me, that would probably be at the top of the list. I have been obsessed with trying to find out how to track a fire. With my years on the sea, I love to track the weather by radar. But we don't have the same kind of thing for fire and it is so frustrating. I have heard so many people with this fire say that the warnings came too late. To follow this disaster I have been directed to ABC South West Local Radio, but you can't get that unless you are in the area. But, ABC Perth Radio 720 has regular updates, you can read current news and listen digitally: 

Also, this news article from Perth Now, from the Sunday Times has some good photos and current info: Perth Now WA fires

Luckily! There have been no human lives lost (I hate to think about our beautiful animals). There have been no major injuries that I am aware of. I have been able to help with giving my house up, as friends had to evacuate and arrived with only the clothes they were wearing. So heartbreaking.

I haven't got any photo's and to be honest, I really don't want to post any. I have seen some amazing photography, but it's all too tragic. Keep our fingers crossed that we are able to get these fires under control today.

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