About an hour ago, the fire trucks in North Warrandyte went screaming off up the hill. On the CFA website map, a scary red fire symbol bloomed just up the road from me.
I’m proud to say I managed to remember all the steps of my new, revised bushfire plan without panicking. Nonetheless, when the CFA map showed 15 fire trucks attending the blaze, I did get a little nervous.
My good neighbour, a man who is a veteran of more than one bushfire, showed up soon after to make sure I had everything under control. His calm demeanour, and typical aussie humour settled the butterflies like a charm, and we kept an eye on the smoke while drinking a companionable cup of coffee.
By the time the Watch and Act warning was broadcast, I was feeling pretty relaxed as the wind was now pushing the fire away [from us]. I do feel a great deal of sympathy though for those who may have been home, and possibly in the path of the fire.
As at 1.15pm the fire warnings were officially downgraded as the fire is now ‘contained’. Contained means it’s no longer spreading, however there is still a lot of mopping up to do. Smouldering logs etc have to be fully extinguished to make sure the fire doesn’t flare up again. When all that mopping up is done, we’ll finally get the message we all want to hear : Safe.
As I write this I can still hear helicopters flying overhead, and I know the boys and girls of the CFA are still hard at work keeping us all safe.
To all the CFA volunteers – THANK YOU!