My World is Burning

The beautiful part of the world where I live, The Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia is burning.

For the last 7 days my hometown has been on Emergency Bushfire warning, and I, my kidlet and cat, (who subsequently bolted and ran away 3 days ago – the cat, not the kidlet!) have been relocated to my Mum’s house 22kms away.  Basically we took things I couldn’t replace (photos of my dead hubby that hadn’t been transferred to digital, my baby record books for my kids), and few clothes, medications and my wheelchair (can’t walk due to broken ankle) and drove away.

Some of my state has been burning for longer than other parts, but our southwest fire started on 16 Jan 2018 from many, many dry lightning strikes. Over the days the small fires have merged into one large area that spreads a firefront of over 100kms, mostly through heavy, hard to access forest areas, but is now encroaching onto country suburban areas. The fire has spread from an initial estimated 70 hectares to now being well of 37 000 hectares of forest burning.

The weather hasn’t been helpful, no rain is expected for many weeks. Today is the second “really bad” day (due to winds and temperature) in the last 4, more are expected next week.  The road down to my hometown (and many others) has been closed for 2 days – only emergency vehicles are allowed through.

As of a couple of hours ago, my hometown was still ok, some small spotfires, lots and lots of smoke and some light ash. As I write this the predicted winds have turned again, and are now blowing it directly that way, giving reprieve to the other end of the valley (where my brothers family lived – they have relocated too) who were in the firing line this morning again. I have no idea when, or even if, I will see my home again – and that is hard to comprehend. Mostly I try to not think about.

This fire is uncontrollable at the moment, and has been for several days, it keeps jumping around, crossing containment lines, and generally being a nasty ravening beast.

Our wonderful firefighters, emergency personel and volunteers of all descriptions are working to help those of us affected by this. I would gladly let my house, and all I possess, burn to ashes multiple times as long as it means none of them will be hurt by fighting this fire.

We are only a small state and so our Fire Service is stretched to the limit, some crews have been fighting fires since before Christmas, and we still have another month of “fire Season” to go. We have been fortunate to have some national and international firefighters arrive to help us. We have other uncontrolled emergency rated bushfires buring in our central plateau area – around where our electricity is generated – so there is much for them to do.

I really didn’t mean to write so much, but I find that I need to put this on “paper” as it were. Things are bad, homes have been lost already, more will be, and there seems no end in the immediate future to this fire. Most likley it will burn for months, and even if they manage to steer it away somehow from our hometowns, many business that rely on forestry and tourism will be affected.

I know there are many places, and people worse off than us: war zones, natural disaster areas of unthinkable proportions, human tragedies unfold everyday, but I ask you to think good thoughts for us, and all the other folks in the world who might need it – if enough of us ask the Universe for good blessings, they shall arrive.

Stay safe where ever you may be, and good blessings to you and yours.

28 thoughts on “My World is Burning

    • Claudette 31/01/2019 / 9:22 pm

      It is, so much forest burning. I hear our smoke has made it over the sea to NZ, sadly.


      • Jill's Scene 02/02/2019 / 4:39 pm

        Yes, I’m sad to say that the smoke has arrived here, likely contributing to the ultra red sunsets we’ve had the last few days.

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        • Claudette 05/02/2019 / 4:32 pm

          Yes, and aren’t they beautiful – we have had some colour for sure – until you remember what is causing them, and then it fades a little.

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  1. lindywhitton 30/01/2019 / 11:23 pm

    It’s an exhausting emotional state of waiting. But you have it right – possessions are unimportant compared to lives and we all hope that everyone stays safe, that relief comes soon and that homes will be there when the smoke has cleared.

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  2. CJ Hartwell 31/01/2019 / 4:52 am

    Many many thoughts and good wishes sent your way, for safety and peace and security.

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  3. Hugh's Views and News 31/01/2019 / 11:44 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear what is happening in your part of the world, Claudette. Please stay safe and keep us updated on the situation.
    Sending you lots of hugs.

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    • Claudette 02/02/2019 / 8:29 am

      Thank you Hugh, I’m hoping to maybe get to go home next week (fingers crossed). Sunday will be a nother hard day for the firefighters, but then there might be a settling period of a week or so before more hot weather arrives.

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  4. Brian Lageose 01/02/2019 / 6:52 pm

    I love this line, direct from the light of your brilliant heart: “I would gladly let my house, and all I possess, burn to ashes multiple times as long as it means none of them will be hurt by fighting this fire”.

    I have my people working with the Universe people so we can send the best positive vibrations your way. Fingers crossed.

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    • Claudette 02/02/2019 / 8:31 am

      I am glad your people are on the job – sure it will ensure a good outcome. Sadly 3 firies were hurt yesterday, but not seriously I believe, 2 in a rolled truck and one with a branch fallen on them. Blessings to them and their families.

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  5. The Lockwood Echo 02/02/2019 / 1:06 am

    Oh Claudette, that’s heartbreaking to read. I can’t begin to even imagine how you feel. I hope the Universe hears your plea and you, your cats, your family and community can return home soon, safe and intact.

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    • Claudette 02/02/2019 / 8:35 am

      Thank you, I am ok, I am safe, I hope my cat is safe wherever she has run too. Went home briefly yesterday to get some more clothes, but couldn’t stay because I can’t defend my house and Sunday is another “bad” day for fires down here. Hopefully next week it will start to settle with a span of better weather for the firefighters to do work in.
      Be safe yourself 🙂

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  6. DeeScribes 02/02/2019 / 7:08 am

    I have been thinking of you and everyone I love who is threatened by these fires. I have been watching the photographs and videos on social media and hurt from the images of the World Heritage Area burning. Please take care of yourself. Sending a hug!

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    • Claudette 02/02/2019 / 8:38 am

      Thanks Dee. It is so sad that so much has been destroyed in the forests, although we were told yesterday that some of that large fire has burnt itself out in the wilderness. Hoping for better conditions next week so that more direct action can be done by the firies.

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  7. Miriam 16/02/2019 / 12:14 pm

    It’s devastating and I feel so sad at all that’s been lost. Are you home yet? I hope things are settling down and that the fires are being brought under control. Thinking of you and sending good wishes. Stay safe. xx

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    • Claudette 16/02/2019 / 12:34 pm

      Hi Miriam, we came home 12 days ago because the weather has been kind and sent some showers and cooler air. The fire is still burning, but not a danger to communities at the moment. Thank youf or your good thoughts and wishes. I’m hoping for miserable weather for the rest of Summer, let it rain. 🙂

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