While I was writing this Post,
I checked up on the Information on this Specific Area,
Trying to see just how much of the Info I was using is correct.
I cannot say for sure if what I’d heard was correct either,
But You’d possibly know about natural Disasters in your own area,
BUT, when it comes to the point and there’s Suspect that any Disaster wasn’t Natural,
That makes such a Massive difference!
Knysna, located in the Western Cape and part of the Garden Route,
Had been ablaze for the past few weeks and still, there are Fires which had been chasing the
Fire Brigade around the Town.
The population is Estimated at 51,000 or so people.
As far as I spoke to one of the People at work,
It’s been reported as far as I know,
Some or in part, fires had been STARTED in the area.
I cannot say for sure and with the amount of Devastation there had been left behind,
I cannot think that it’ll be that easy to ascertain for certain what had happened with this massive Disaster hitting that Town.
I’m quite sure that
And the likes do not have a Human hand in as a Fire would or could have.
What got my Attention even more so,
Was the number of People all over the Country who jumped at the Opportunity at Helping with the Disaster Relieve which was arranged for the affected Area.
As the saying goes, I’d read in between then and now,
See something – Do something;
And if this was caused by Someone,
I’d really Love for them to Answer to this – not perpetrating this once again,
BUT – what was very Impressive,
The number of People who were willing in helping out as much as they could.
Not only on the Radio did I hear the People raising money for the Disaster Relieve,
But there were various Trucks heading down to this Area,
Taking along much-needed supplies to the area as well.
The Wind and the Cold of the area and with Nightfall,
All of this stood against the Fire Fighters and Emergency Services Personnel to help out where and who they could.
Making the whole area very Dangerous when You were faced with a Run-away Fire.
I’ve never seen Anything as bad as what those Poor people had to endure,
I did, however, have to burn down the very Tall grass on the Small Stead we’d lived on once,
Chasing the Snakes away from the house,
Seeing they looked for a better place to Nest and that wouldn’t have been that safe for us.
The grasses stood over a Meter tall and almost all of them were dry-dead.
When we set the fire, we have to keep an eye on what was happening.
Having old bags and heavy rags would only help that much.
Watering the grass close to the house makes it harder for the Fire to jump, but this isn’t Foolproof either…
While we were busy here,
There came a very light wind and blew the fire along so fast that you’d Only Pray that nothing bad would happen along the way…
With this, the Heat and the Power and the Speed at which the Fire burnt were far more intense and so we stood well out of the way of the burning grasses.
The wind changed direction fast and before you’d know it,
The Smoke was surrounding you, catching you off-guard!
This with the massive heat and anyone caught off-guard, the Dehydration can very easily leave you in a very dangerous position!
Burning eyes, fear, and shock prevent you from focusing on getting yourself out of harm’s way,
Without sufficient Oxygen, and being Disorientated,
That would leave you in a very dangerous position!
We mostly kept clear of all of this and the LUCKY fact was,
The grass around the House was still very much Green and didn’t burn,
It could and would have been far More Dangerous if something were to catch alight!
If ever you need to Burn some dead grass anywhere,
Firstly start with the Shortest and Smallest of the grasses.
You create a Barrier a Meter and more, between the short and the longer grasses.
Possibly the Fire will not easily jump this barrier – but that’s NOT a Given!
Never do something like this in a Residential area OR when OR where you’re alone!
If you Have to or Need to clear some weeds or grasses,
Get the Fire Department to come help you when They can assist you.
There are so many Factors which can Impede our control over Aspects of Nature,
Believing Yourself to be more Cleaver than You really are,
Could end up being your downfall!
There had been a great deal of Help supplied to the People of Knysna,
But the end of the day,
The Little bits we can do for Each other Each and Every day,
That would make such a Difference to more people than You or I could even begin to Imagine!