Oh dear! Just a quick one...we have four HUGE raging bushfires across Tasmania at the moment. Thousands of poor people have evacuated to nearby beaches, and my heart goes out to those who have lost everything, including livestock. Tasmania is mainly World Heritage wilderness, and is one of the three largest remaining temperate wilderness areas in the Southern hemisphere.
The closest fire to us is in Bicheno, about 40min drive away. We had a hot day of 40 degrees yesterday with high winds, it is a devastating combination, at midnight last night we still were at 34 degrees. We knew it was going to be hot, so we were especially diligent in cleaning out water troughs the day before! I even locked our old cat inside the laundry where he lay on the cool tiles.
We are all being warned to review our bushfire/emergency plans - which for us means leaving and opening up all of the paddocks. As there is usually only me and 2y.o home most of the time, there isn't much other choice, and we are surrounded by paddocks and bush. We would have to move quickly! The thought of having to evacuate makes me feel sick, and I try not to worry (in advance) about the loss and all of our animals. Husband is joining the volunteer fire fighters, so although it is a good thing to do, I am selfishly worried about him being ok.
I am hoping to get Eclipse and Chinook (his wether) delivered today, but the fires in Hobart have been very bad too - Alpaca woman hasn't called - so I hope everything is ok :( ABC news keeps us up to date, so hopefully with cooler temps today, they should be able to get the fires under control.