Our home in Harvey ended up being in the path of the Waroona Bushfire. The night before evacuation, rain drops started to fall on us, with the only cloud being the huge smoke cloud above us. The intense heat from the fire pushed humid air upwards where it rapidly cooled and condensed to water droplets.
Luckily firefighters stopped the fire at our neighbours house and it split around us, burning the far side of our property and over the road. It was an amazingly close call. The drive home was jaw dropping. From the point where I entered the fire zone, it took a further 25 minutes of driving at hundred kilometre speeds to reach the house. The fire zone is huge. You can literally drive for hours within it.
Several months after the fire now, the blackened earth has in some places grown huge green fields of grass. Greens shoots have started to cover the blackened tree trunks.
One of the few positive points that we can take solace in is the huge amount of Marri trees that have germinated. We are now transplanting them to better spots all over the property. We hope to be able to return this land back to a more forested ecosystem.