This post is, I guess, more for the benefit of those reading who are not in NSW or Australia - there's been close to saturation news coverage here of the fires.
Since last Wednesday, over 200 families have lost their houses, mostly in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. More people are being told to leave their homes and seek shelter tonight. Last I heard, over 40,000 hectares of land has been burned out, just in the Blue Mountains! There are also fires burning on the Central Coast and Newcastle areas north of Sydney, in the Illawarra south of Sydney, and in the Southern Highlands south west of Sydney. This is a photo taken by a Channel 7 cameraman, Paul Walker, of the largest fire near the town of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains:
|Photo credit to Paul Walker, Channel 7 News|
|Photo credit to Barry O'Farrell (@barryofarrell)|
While we are safe in the city, there is lots of smoke and debris around. This was the view from our balcony last Thursday:
Please keep in your thoughts the firefighters as they do their work and the people who are having to make terrible decisions about leaving their houses, as well as those returning to burned out towns and properties. It's times like these you realise that no matter how much we wrangle and reshape nature, she is always in charge!
If you can help financially, these are the three main organisations accepting donations now:
On a more cheerful note, tomorrow I am going to start making gravadlax, a Swedish cured salmon, and I will take lots of pictures of that process for you!