Bushfires in our region, photographs

There have been bushfires further west and south for weeks but today Friday 8th there are a whole series (70 in the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers, many out of control). The ABC website reports: The NSW Rural Fire Service says there have never before been so many fires burning at emergency level across the state and is warning conditions could worsen tonight.

Friday 8 Nov

Helios, 8 Nov, with Striated Heron

I was in the garden and heard the deep roar of a helicopter (menacing after Apocalypse Now). The machine emerged out of the forest heading south dangling its hose.

Helios, Nov 8, after lunch

I feel for the firies who must be exhausted. It is a frightening series of fires, some are joining  together. Hot conditions are forecast again for Tuesday. I feel for people who have lost their home to the south, that is a devastating loss. Let’s hope no-one has lost their life. But I also worry about the death and destruction of our wildlife and habitat, already under great stress.

Helios, 4 Nov

Helios 3 Nov, from our garden. Few realised how ferocious this early bushfire season would become for this region.

Helios, 31 Oct, with Cormorants

Helios, Oct 24, with fishing boat

New Analysis  confirms the relationship between climate drivers such as El Niño, climate change and the Australian bushfire season.