Bushfires had torn through more than 5000 hectares, including prime cropping land ready for harvest, and damaged 11 buildings including seven homes. Firefighters, both CFS and farmers, battled the blazes tirelessly in some of the most catastrophic conditions imaginable — 44 degrees Celsius in the shade and 83km/h winds. I’d say it’s a miracle nobody was killed, and that the damage wasn’t even more widespread. But it wasn’t a miracle. It was pure determination and hard work by a lot of dedicated people.
This week marks one year since our November 26, 2019, edition which acknowledged the fires and everyone who helped save our towns. That paper had a wraparound showing Tom Giles’ photo of a tractor ablaze and the headline ‘Days of disaster’. A full year on, we are not focusing on the fires and the devastation, but instead the tremendous pride and resilience shown in the aftermath, which continues to this day.
These are no longer days of disaster, they are days of determination — to bounce back, to help our friends and neighbours recover, to hope we are never faced with another fire of such magnitude, to be as prepared as possible anyway. The fires have long been extinguished, but that determination shown by firefighters and support personnel remains. It has continued permeating through so many facets of our community, and we are proud that today’s paper can highlight some fantastic examples.
It has been a hell of a 12 months since those fires started on Wednesday, November 20. Three days earlier, China had recorded its first case of COVID-19. A month later, massive fires started in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island, and many local CFS volunteers helped with those as well. And with everything thrown our way, then and since, YP folks have responded in the only way they know, with positivity, with mateship — with determination.
PAPER OUT LATE
THE YP Country Times apologises for this week’s edition being out late due to a press malfunction.
Today’s edition has been partly printed at Angaston, and we thank the team at the Barossa Leader for their help at short notice.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding.