Den (dewhitton) wrote,

Bush Fires

Animal rescuers doing initial searches of the few fire zones that have been made safe have seen practically no animals who survived the fires. Up to half the east coast koala population have been killed and they will take years to recover, if they ever do. Rescuers are finding signs that no possums, kangaroos, wombats, or reptiles have survived. Many birds have also vanished.

Animals that were rescued were found very early on when they ran from the front and onto roads.

200 homes and 750,000 acres burned.

*Most* of the fires are contained.

Things would have been much worse if not for the three Ericson Sky-cranes from the Tennesee National Guard, which have been working almost around the clock dropping tank loads of water. Elvis, The Increadible Hulk and The Georgia Peach have been welcome sights as they swoop through the smoke..

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