“We could be here for a month!” Jeff’s words over the phone, from atop the fire truck, because that was the only place he had mobile phone service. He and both our boys, along with other volunteers, are containing/monitoring a fire that is smouldering its way through a huge pile of cotton trash at a nearby cotton gin.
The wind here, like elsewhere in NSW, is gusting between 30 and 50 kms an hour, according to the Bureau of Meteorology which, thankfully, is not what Victoria experienced last night. It does mean however that the smouldering cotton trash, even though it is deemed under control, will have to be monitored for a considerable time. Particularly if the total fire ban continues.
The NSW Rural Fire Service website shows a multitude of fires along the coast and other locations, most listed as under control, but several are out of control and I hope they can be contained soon with no more loss of property, or worse.
All of this makes me think about the fact that summer has not even, officially, started yet and I am wondering what else is in store for us as the thermometer rises. It also makes me speculate which side of the fence I should alight (pardon the pun) to, regarding climate change.
In the big scheme of things my 50+ years are a millisecond in time. So, are the storms, droughts, floods, winds, fires, red and orange sunrises/sunsets going to get worse, or is my memory playing tricks and I forget how bad they were in my past? Is my past even long enough to be considered any sort of gauge, I think not.
The “experts” tell us it’s happening and we have to act, but its part of science and human nature to question everything. I question what it will take to make the sceptics, myself included; get off, or over, the fence.
Oh the problems of the universe….too big for me and far easier to procrastinate on making a decision in favour of concentrating on more immediate issues, like; food for the men in yellow suits watching the smouldering heap and wondering if the roof will stay attached to my house!
Good luck to all the fire fighters for what could be a long, volatile summer, stay safe and know that we appreciate every one of you.