The bad thing is that it is very dry which caused two fires in the Port hills. It is in its second day and is still not under control. The one above is seen from Kennedy's Bush Road, and this fire started in Early Valley Road. The fire has spread here over 548 hectares and on Marley Hill over about 36 hectares. One house is destroyed and 24 houses evacuated.
One helicopter pilot who was fighting the fire crashed and lost his life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this hero.
Update: 15/2 On this third day the wildfire has spread towards Governors Bay and more houses were evacuated last night
Update: 15/2 the state of emergency has been declared. More than 300 people evacuated.
Update 16/2 The two fires have merged and 2000 hectare is burning, 450 properties are evacuated and 11 houses destroyed
Update: the fire is contained and guess what It is raining
The helicopters pick up and drop 1500 ltrs of water
in monsoon buckets at the time. There a hotspots
of 500 degrees so the battle continues and will for
weeks as there is a big risk of flare-ups
A huge thank you to all firefighters for the tireless
and dangerous work and all other people involved
in the battle against the fire.
I also joined a poetry meetup and the prompt for the next meetup is : Why do you write poetry
On the art of poetry
My live, a drop in the ocean
My words, countless pebbles on the beach
Occasionally I experience
The depth and beauty of the ocean
Occasionally I add to it
shedding tears of sadness
These profound feelings can’t
just be put into words
be added to the shallow pebbles
Each stone must be carefully carved
Each stone must be gently polished
Each stone must be lined up and combined;
to create the art of evoking feelings
to create poetry
and when you share these pebbles
with the ocean and they touch one drop
the universe will smile
with a stunning red sunset