Early January marked the 10th anniversary of the “Black Tuesday” bushfires in Southern Australia. On 5 January 2005, a fire started by a faulty car exhaust ignited roadside vegetation in the Lower Eyre Peninsula, along the coast west of Adelaide, Australia.
Winds over 55mph drove flames over 16 miles of rural communities in approximatly 20 minutes, eventually consuming over 190,271 acres. 93 homes were destroyed and 47,000 animals died in the fire. 9 people lost their lives.
The local major-daily in Adelaide ran a very poignant article about the community of Wanilla, which shares stories of its victims and the community’s rebuilding efforts since.
The community’s story resonates anywhere there is wildfire risk and we can learn from their resiliency.
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