Tallaganda Fire (North Black Range Fire and Palarang Fire)

In late November 2019 a devastating fire hit the Tallaganda National Park. In the afternoon of 28 November, the fire jumped Ralpine Valley and a derivative fire started on Mount Palarang. On 29 November the fire was escalated to emergency level as the fire spread northwards, eastwards and westwards. These images are (mainly) from the (safer) southern flank of the fire.
















Comments

Jai Baidell said…
Hope you and your animals are safe, this looks horrible.
Jai Baidell said…
The radar shows the smoke, can't tell it isn't rain. It's a lot of smoke and heat. More state forests going up in flames.
Julianne said…
It's been quite a nasty start to summer.
Anonymous said…
Heartbreaking. I've been following it on social media and so much has been destroyed. I hope the earth will be able to recover from this.
Rodri said…
¿Habéis preguntado a los aborígenes australianos el porqué de los incendios?. Su sabiduría ancestral es superior a todos los que han llegado después,senzillamente porque han vivido mucho antes.¡I love you "aussis"!.
Peter Quinton said…
Thank you Jai - It has been a horrible period of fear and distress, culminating in a short period of me being dead (although i rather enjoyed the experience from the little i remember). Transitioning from hospital to the pandemic has been overwhelming.
Things will never be the same, but perhaps we will be able to do better when the opportunity presents.
Peter Quinton said…
Hi Julianne - out of the frying pan and into...
Peter Quinton said…
Dear Anonymous
i have walked through any of the forests once trod, and some will not recover in my lifetime. Others have recovered with speed i cannot credit, and show greater diversity and vigor than the unburned fragments nearby. Those impacted, human or other, likewise carry unequal burdens of grief. I have seen the injured survive only to die unremarked. I have seen those scared take to wing and breed families in the short period following - this morning i saw eagles parenting a young bird just off the nest at Palarang, cruelly despoiled by fire, but now alive again.
We must do better.
Peter Quinton said…
Rodri:
Estoy de acuerdo. La antigua sabiduría de la agricultura de palo de fuego es muy convincente. En algunos lugares, particularmente en los bosques húmedos, a veces es difícil quemar incendios, pero creo que debemos esforzarnos más. Gracias por su sugerencia.

Translation:
Comment: Have you asked Australian Aborigines why the fires? Their ancient wisdom is superior to all who have come later, simply because they have lived long before.
Answer: I agree. The ancient wisdom of fire stick agriculture is very compelling. In some places, particularly damp rainforests, it is sometimes hard to get fires to burn, but i think we must try harder. Thank you for your suggestion

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