KI bushfire report

June 10, 2020

KI bushfire report

It seems almost a lifetime ago, but the bushfires that hit Australia have obviously been devastating.

My sister and brother-in-law’s vineyard, False Cape, on Kangaroo Island is fortunately on the east of the island and was over 50 km from the fire front.

Our holiday house at Vivonne Bay however was right in the ‘firing line’ on more than one occasion. The first fire which devastated the Flinders Chase National Park fortunately stopped about 5km west of us, but the next flare up a week later was headed straight towards us.

The rest of the family and some friends evacuated early, while Ken and I stayed to fight the fire, and let’s just say it was one of the longest days and nights of my life.

The local farmer fire units along with a fair slice of luck saw the fire going all around us but leaving our place untouched.

Ken and Marlene (Mum and Dad) are happy the house still stands, as they have been self-isolating there for these last two months. This is probably one of the safest places in the country right now. A far cry from January 9, when it was perhaps the most dangerous place to be!

Greg Follett