There is no conformation that any lives have been lost in the Tasmanian fires, which is pleasing to hear, but many people have lost their houses and that is truly awful. Today I heard on the radio someone who lost her house in the terrible Victorian fires of 1983. Paraphrasing, she said ten years down the track, you forget about the house you lost, but you don't forget about your family members who survived the fire.
The Victorian CFA and DSE try to save properties, but their focus is on lives, as it should be. No doubt this point is the focus for fires Australia wide. Lives first, property second.
For all the comfort we city dwellers have, at times we seem to live in a cursed country. Fire threatens our fellow citizens often.
I had misfiled these stunning photos and only recently came across them in an obscure file. I am sure I kept them for a reason, but I don't know why. I have no memory of the fires around Hobart in 2006, but the photos are quite striking.