Living with fire: John's bushfire story
In Wairewa during the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, John took refuge in the local town hall with the rest of the community as fires raged around them.
When fire warnings rang out and the CFA advised for residents to evacuate, John sought shelter at the town hall, along with 30 other locals, 15 dogs, and six horses on the tennis courts. He recalls the “fire coming towards us,” and was never certain the windows would protect them through the night.
Born and bred in Wairewa, John says the community learned some valuable lessons during the worst of the Black Summer bushfires.