It was late Saturday afternoon , we had just sat ourselves down out on our the verandah with our neighbor up the road( the secretary of our local fire volunteer group), when he received a call to let him know that a fire on a neighboring property had been started from a lightning strike after an electrical storm that had passed over only a short time earlier.
We heard an almighty roar , raced outside, just in time to see our neighbours house dumped with a load of pink fire retardant.( I took this photo later)
All those marvelous people fought hard and with the combination of all that air support and ground crews and then a sudden but miraculous wind change, we were safe. Our men came by to pass on the message that the immediate danger to our homes had passed and that the fire had jumped the road and was now heading in another direction.
Those wonderful men and women worked all night with graders and bulldozers and teams on the ground and got that beast under control and had it contained into a smaller area.
At sunset there was a spectacular view to the east( the fire was to the west, so the light was spectacular)
Early the next morning, our men were back on the ground helping the Rural Fire Service crews to mop up, My next door neighbor Sister in Law and myself, headed up to the neighbor up the road and met up with their daughter who had driven from a few hours away after being notified of the fires, As we approached the house we were surprised to see that the fire was still active, albeit much smaller and controlled.
Those helicopters bombed that fire ALL day, they were AMAZING !!!
The fire was finally out. No homes were taken, no out buildings, and stock losses were nil or minimal. Lot's of pasture and fences were lost, but that is minor in comparison to what could have been.
I took a few photos around our neighbors house,( the first one is not mine)
We took the drone up to take a few photos of the fire affected area.
I just can't speak highly enough of all the wonderful men and women who give up their time and volunteer to do this special, dangerous and caring job.
I think you are all the most kind hearted, amazing, generous people.
Thank you all of you , I owe you so much that can never be repaid.
YOU ARE ALL HEROES.!!!!