Given all of the rain that we have had of late, you wouldn’t believe that a fire would be possible and until the ground dries out again, we probably don’t have to think about it too much. In the Summer though, there is always the threat of a bush fire or in our case a grass fire which can be just as devastating. This season we have been lucky, very lucky in fact compared to our friends in WA.
We have a survival plan in place in the hope that we would be able to save our house if the time came. If we were told to evacuate, we would. No question.
Part of our survival plan is the sentimental box. It contains all of the things that can’t be replaced along with insurance paperwork and similar documents and when we leave the house for any length of time, the box goes into town to a friend’s house for safe keeping.
In the nearly 7 years that we have been here, there has only been two Summers where we felt a real threat. One of them was January 2013 when Mr D and I took a couple of days off work to ensure that our survival plan was in place. This fire continued for over a week in the Kybean Valley and burnt over 10,000 hectares. There was no loss of life thankfully however a family home was lost. At the same time, there was a fire in the valley behind us.
Of course, the fire you don’t plan for is when someone throws a cigarette butt out of the car window, setting the grass on fire along side of the highway.Tinder dry grass combined with gale force winds means many acres are decimated within minutes. This happened recently. The highway was closed and I couldn’t get home. All I could think about was the dogs and the chooks. A very anxious time.
Back to the sentimental box. What do we have in it?
Photos, negatives of the photos that I have taken prior to the digital age, passports, birth certificates, a couple of B1 and B2’s artwork items (you just can’t take them all), sentimental baby items etc.
At the end of the day, our safety and that of the animals is the first priority.
Is bush fire a real threat in your part of the world? Do you have a plan if it happens?