Check out this footage of a fire in a wheat crop at Carnamah in the Mid West posted last night by our friends at ABC Country Hour.
It shows two important things:
1. Just how quickly fire can spread, even without the tall trees many city-folk think of when they hear the phrase “bushfire”, and
2. The enormous value of our current network of locally knowledgeable, appropriately trained and adequately resourced volunteer bush fire brigades spread across our state. Watch how quickly the local community responds and works together to stop this small fire before it became a bigger one.
Imagine what would have happened if those people weren’t close by and trained. Imagine what would have happened if it took just another 10 minutes for them to arrive.
Local knowledge and skills = response, resilience and recovery.