The first bushfires of the season have hit Victoria in the last few days.
It’s only the middle of Spring and they get worse as it gets hotter and drier in Summer.
The word ‘bushfire’ makes it sound like something small (a bush on fire) but they are infernos that travel faster than you can run and are kilometers wide. Maybe the American word ‘wildfire’ conjures up the reality better. They jump across roads as if there was nothing there. They destroy property and kill livestock, wild animals and anyone unfortunate enough to be in their path who has not evacuated the area. Sadly sometimes some maniac will have started the fires deliberately.
Our firefighters risk their lives trying to put them out. Most of them are unpaid volunteers. They and everyone else in the emergency services deserve our unstinting thanks.