This week, on various different days, communities in and around Brisbane have been marking the anniversary of last year’s floods.
As the reporter in the video says, the weather around Brisbane this week has been absolutely glorious. He’s right, it has been truly scorchio. Temperatures have been reaching between 32° and 37°C.
So it does seem strange to be talking about floods.
So what are we talking about?
Yes, this time last year Central Queensland looked more like an ocean in some parts, but today bushfires have destroyed about 500 hectares at Yarwun, north-west of Gladstone. There have also been fires at Moura and Rockhampton.
There are also bushfires in the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia and bushfire warnings in place for Midwest Gascoyne Region, Western Australian and also in metropolitan Perth.
More locally, we have a bushfire at Moreton Island. Regular readers will know that I have been to North Stradbroke Island on a couple of occasions. Well, Moreton Island is just above it.
Nine days ago, a bushfire started when some gas bottles exploded….
As the reporter in this one says, the fire could last last for weeks. That seemed a long time to me, surely they could put the fire out quicker than that?
Apparently not, the fire is still raging today and only yesterday around 300 campers were forced to relocate when the fire jumped a containment line.
It just goes to show how hard it is to fight these bushfires once they get a hold.
As strange as it may seem, last year’s floods are in some way related to this year’s bushfires. All fires need “fuel” to burn, and the floods of last year have made many barren areas now lush and green.
Perfect for bushfires.
I hope they put the fire out on Moreton Island soon, we’ve booked to go next month.
Meanwhile, it isn’t strange to be talking about floods up at Port Hedland, which is in the north of Western Australia. Cyclone Heidi made landfall a couple of days ago, now the area is on a flood alert….
And I moved to Australia for the weather.