and already we are suffering bush fires in this driest of states in a very dry country.
Firefighters have been battling an uncontrollable fire in the scrublands north-east of my Adelaide at Sampson's Flat with surrounding areas Humbug Scrub, Kersbrook, Inglewood, Gumeracha*, Cudlee Creek* and more being in danger as 110km winds fan the flames. The winds have changed direction several times causing the fire to be known as a Catherine Wheel (like the firework) as it spins off in different directions. Undeveloped terrain is making it hard for firefighters to get to some areas, many homes and small communities have been evacuated.
I woke this morning to the smell of smoke inside my home, many, many kilometres away from the fires.
Yesterday's temperature here in Adelaide reached 44.1C, with little rainfall in the preceding months the countryside is as dry as tinder. Normal for SA, but the fires make things so much worse and to top it off, I have just read on my news page that people are being asked to not use any water if possible to conserve as much as possible for the firefighters who are worried about running out. And well they might worry, SA is well known for its lack of water.
Five homes have been destroyed so far and a few people injured and taken to hospitals, but I believe no lives have been lost. I sincerely hope everyone stays as safe as they can be.
Some of you might remember the Gorge Wildlife Park which I visited with two friends and blogged about a few months ago. It is at Cudlee Creek*, one of the areas in danger from this bushfire.
Gumeracha* is home to the Giant Rocking Horse....
there are rumours this horse has been destroyed by the fire, but nothing as yet verified on that.
I've often made plans to one day go and see this Giant Rocking Horse, but haven't yet got around to it.
It's the main tourist attraction for The Gumeracha Toy Factory. (Gum-er-acka)
There is another bushfire burning in the south-east of the state, further away from Adelaide, but recently downgraded to "watch and wait" status.
What we need right now is a statewide drenching 24 hour rain.