Australian east coast bushfires
A little while back, I posted re having a fire plan for your property, you know, what you'd do and how you'd implement your plan for your place. Well over the last couple of days, I threw mine into action. I live just north west of Coffs Harbour and our general area is at the moment confronted with a bushfire 150,000 ha in size with many fronts. In mostly inhospitable country, it is now poking its ugly head out in the eastern hinterland near civilization. So on Monday the RFS (rural fire service) suggested evacuation for the area, schools were closed etc. We decided to stay, prepare and protect our property. If things got hectic, we would leave pronto! At this stage we have erected sprinklers on the roof of the house and shed, plugged downpipes with old tshirts. Removed anything combustible from around those structures, wet everything down. Packed up the cars with anything of value/importance. Kept in contact with family and friends with regular updates. The RFS suggested that residents staying on their properties put a yellow lidded garbage bin at the entrance so they would know who's about. So far we have dodged a bullet, with a favourable wind change and cooler temperatures. Let's wait, see and act.
This certainly has taught me to live in the moment, don't think about maybe, what if, could have. This is happening now, react now, make a decision. Acting this way has given me clarity and no 2nd guessing, of which I am greatful. Please everybody stay safe and act within your comfort zone.