The Mayor of Kangaroo Island has been quoted as saying exactly what I have been thinking these last few days:
“I’m a bit dismayed by some of the headlines in the press about, you know, ‘Island burns’.
In actual fact there really is a small percentage of the island that has been on fire.
… I assure people who are looking to come to Kangaroo Island in the future, or who have holidays booked, we are still as beautiful as ever.”
What is most unfortunate is the death of the 22yo young man out near Vivionne Bay. I send my condolences to his family and friends on the Island. It is always sad whenever someone is unable to escape the danger of fire.
Read up-to-date information about the Fires on Kangaroo Island:
- The ABC have tagged all their related articles : kingscote-5223.
There’s even a mapping service to find Kangaroo Island.
Certainly a great way to help viewers find stories about both local and specific areas around Australia.
Not a Small Island
Those who have visited Kangaroo Island will know that you CANNOT walk around it in a day. That was the first thing I asked ten years ago when I first visited!
It’s also the most amazing place for landscape, macro and rural-scene photography.
I’ve shot many thousands of different photographs across the Island — and I plan to return for many more!
Fire’s No Longer Burning
I wrote this post early this week, but only got around to posting it tonight.
My family on Kangaroo Island rang earlier this evening to say the fire’s are all under control.
We are revisiting in late January 2008 … so I expect to go for a long drive to see the extent of the fires. Hopefully by that time the regrowth will have started.
What must be understood and accepted is that fire is natural and essential to the health and reproduction of the bush. Instead of running to extinguish every little (or big) fire, we should stay out of its way and let it do its necessary work. dwhitsett.wordpress.com
Hmmm, while I agree with you entirely, the unfortunate nesting-habit of the man includes the protection of his fortress and personal space.
This fire apparently burnt over 90,000 hectares of farming land and natural scrub land. Some of which was ‘managed to harvest grain and hold stock’ thus was a financial investment that needed protection.
What many city-slickers seem to forget is that the farmers (everywhere around the world) are the people that provide the eggs, meat, milk and bread on their table.
So when fire is inadvertently or deliberately lit in either a suburban or farmland area, it has a negative impact on the whole population, not just the few.
Dwight, please don’t take this comment as a personal attack upon your thoughts … because I do agree … but an expansion of the theory of ‘letting fire run its course’.