IT has been 36 years since the Ash Wednesday fires in South Australia.
The biggest bushfire before that in our district was in 1956.
With fires raging on the east coast, I cannot help but think about how vulnerable we may be here again over the coming months.
Fire is a part of this continent’s story.
However, I never want to experience another day like the one here in 1983.
The chaos of tragedy did lead to updated approaches to vegetation under power lines and procedures in schools and their management of students have been refined.
Firefighting trucks, equipment and uniforms have developed in sophistication.
Nevertheless, I look at how close pines have been planted to the Mount Burr township over the years.
Whoever made the decision to