Fire

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Feature -

A cou­ple of weeks af­ter our visit to Esper­ance, dis­as­ter struck. Light­ning strikes and high winds sparked a blaze be­tween Scad­den and Salmon Gums about 100km north of Esper­ance.

One lo­cal died while try­ing to warn his neigh­bours to evac­u­ate, and three farm work­ers died while flee­ing the blaze. Farms and crops were com­pletely burnt out. Over 300,000 hectares were com­pletely burnt out, oblit­er­at­ing a har­vest that, for some, was set to be the best ever.

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