Tense Tuesday – Australia on High Alert
Over 120 fires burning in New South Wales, bush fires in Victoria and fires raging Tasmania (there are still about 100 people missing) and it’s still not over. No wonder they are calling it Tense Tuesday. Residents and tourists alike in danger zones are on high alert to move out sometimes with as little as 5 minutes notice. I had planned to go on holiday to Tasmania at the beginning of February and share with you the wonders of this part of Australia with its primary ancient forests, pristine beaches, spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife and smorgasboard of food and drink. Now I’m watching scenes that show strung out inferno lines of bright orange consuming the landscape leaving charred stumps, destroyed houses, dead animals and distraught people who have lost almost every material possession in their wake. My friend and I have had a discussion and I think we should still go. The North of Tasmania is unscathed and they are certainly going to need people to boost the economy by spending time there. For the fire fighters, those still missing and those affected by the tragedy please spare a thought and a prayer for them tonight.