Last Monday in my post called What’s wrong With Brisbane? I spoke about the ridiculously high temperatures we were suffering at the time. I also mentioned that on North Stradbroke Island, one of our favourite places, bushfires were raging in a fire that was started by a lightning strike.
I had hoped the storm that passed over would have put the fire out, but it didn’t. It’s out now and fire crews have today, at last, left the island. The damage done though has been enormous.
No lives or property was lost, but a staggering 60% of the islands natural fauna has been destroyed. Stradbroke is where I saw my first ever wild koalas in a tree and you can see a video of that in my post North Stradbroke Island: Day Two.
Researchers are now trying to find out how badly affected that koala colony has been.
Temperatures have cooled dramatically here in Brisbane since then, but over on the other side of the country, in Perth, things are worse. Much, much worse.
Perth Hills Fire
So far, 49 homes have been lost and a 62-year-old man has died suffering a heart attack whilst trying to protect his home. Perth temperatures peaked at 43°C on Saturday, just as they had exactly one week ago here in Brisbane.
Here’s 7 News Perth with more…
This is an insight into the damage and devastation caused…
Bushfires are scary, but should they put you off of moving to Australia? Hopefully my post Bushfires in Australia: What Are the Risks? can give you some guidance on that.
What’s an esky?
And what has it got to do with fire?
An esky, in case you didn’t know, is a cool box. Chuck ice in it along with lots of cold beers. That’s an esky.
New Zealander Sam Inu who lives in Perth Hills, was protecting his home from the fire when the flames melted his hose. His house appeared safe though, but his neighbours wasn’t so good. So he grabbed a 40 litre esky-ish drinks bucket and repeatedly filled it from one neighbours pool to throw it over another neighbour’s house.
Actually, four neighbours houses, and he saved them all. He’s been hailed as a hero, but he’s having none of it. “Nah, nah, no such thing. The firefighters and the volunteers, they’re the real heroes. They’re the ones who stand and fight,” he said.
Full story from Perth Now