Bushfire Update: Tuesday


Just a quick one this morning because I know that people are concerned. We had a short shower of rain on Monday afternoon and by the end of the day all three fire zones were listed as advice. We had choppers going over all day. I read that there were five of them working. Naomi and I had to go to Wynyard for doctor visits and I got my second Covid shot yesterday. The road was open and not very smoky. On the way back we saw a couple of fire vehicles at the entrance to the road that goes to Lake Llewellyn. That fire was still spreading but by afternoon they had managed to halt its eastward progress. There was another community meeting in the evening and the reports from that were that the crews were happy with the situation, they had done a lot of back burning. They said there would be no further meetings so I take that as a good sign. Telstra, our phone provider was able to send a crew up to the mobile phone tower and restore service by late afternoon. A vital service in such an isolated area as ours.

This morning skies are much clearer. The photos I have seen are markedly different from yesterdays. The choppers are back, five of them again and about half a dozen tankers and assorted other vehicles. The fire is still going of course. It’s burned over 600 hectares of National Park but no homes have been lost. I expect that due to the inaccessibility of parts of the park the fire will probably burn for a few more days at least unless we have heavy rains. We are lucky to have such good fire crews, many of them volunteers.

The sad thing is that there is going to be a lot of injured wildlife coming out of that area. There are people locally who take care of injured wildlife and I think they will have their hands full.

The smoke on Sunday

On a brighter note, last night Naomi and I were lucky enough to see a mother possum with her baby on her back. There is a big old gum tree in our garden which the possums like. Teddy especially is always going over there to look for them. Naomi spotted them in the tree when she went outside with the dogs last thing so she told me and I went to look too. I didn’t take the camera out but if I can figure out how to I should try and get photos of them. The baby was quite a big one. It looked so cute hanging on to mum’s back. They looked like this.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

6 comments

  1. That is a very cute possum and I’m glad he found a place to go. I doubt most people realize how helpless small animals are when they are forced from the only home they know. They aren’t fast on their little legs and they have no concept of “moving on.” I’m glad the first is more or less under control. Let’s hope it is really under control (as opposed to “more or less”) very soon.

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    • We have at least a family of possums living with us. We hear them on the roof some nights and they snack on any plants on the balcony that don’t have a net over them. They also like the big trees in our garden especially the large gum by our gazebo. I would love to get some possum photos but they can only be seen after dark. I might need to set the camera on a timer. The flash might scare them.

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