07/02/2009 – BLACK SATURDAY , Wesburn, Victoria. This was shot late afternoon – the sun was still shining (somewhere). This photo is AS IS – Unaltered in any way. This is simply what we saw coming towards us on that fateful day. We knew this was “bad” (for want of a better word) but little did we know the horrors we would hear of later.
Smoke rolls across Mt. Ben Cairn darkening the skies & spewing black embers over the Upper Yarra area.
Fortunately the Upper Yarra was spared by the flames, however if we do have another horror fire season this summer, then it has been predicted, by some, that we will be quite literally in the line of fire. This region (Upper Yarra Valley – Warburton) has not had severe fires since 1939. My Mother was a young child at the time in Warburton but can still remember the fires racing across the ridge opposite her family’s home.
There is a huge amount of fuel on the ground out there still. DSE and CFA are hard at work trying to reduce fuel loads before the hot, risky season is upon us. Let’s hope they succeed.
And for anyone who ever thinks that “most fires are started by CFA members wanting a thrill” .. I simply ask that you do no tar all volunteers with the same brush. I have nothing but respect for the men & women who risk their own lives to protect ours.