WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER BARN HILL
Despite yesterday’s reassurances, the fire to the north and east was now causing concern.
There was no possibility of anyone leaving now.
All us rigs camped along the cliff tops were asked to move from that area to the grassed, powered central area – as it would be easier to defend! Hmmm….
So we packed up camp and relocated to the rather crowded grass camp area, finding a place where we could keep the van and Truck hitched up. M was nearby. We were told we could hook into power – at no extra charge. That was a nice touch. But we were not to try to use anything that drew much current – I guess they had more rigs than usual hooked up to the system. We did not put up the awning.
Many campers filled water containers and had them at the ready. This was feeling rather too serious. There was an air of tension and worry now.
Then the Fire Service helicopter flew in again and landed on the grassed area by the camp kitchen. The fire person said he still thought we would be alright, here. He said the fires were cutting the access track out, so there was nowhere to go, anyway.
The fires burnt in the middle distance, all day. It was quite smoky.
For something to distract us, played bowls, in the afternoon. Nero fiddled while Rome burned; we bowled while Barn Hill burned…..
We were joined on the green by a solo lady traveller, who hailed from Bendigo, in Victoria. She was exploring, in loose tandem, with another single lady. They both had camper vans.
I decided to walk back across to the ablutions block in the unpowered area – quite a distance away – for my afternoon shower. No one else seemed to be bothered to make the trek over there, even though the block in the campground was a bit too small for the numbers packed in here now.
I came out of the shower, and a snake that had just come out from under a nearby bush, did a fast u-turn and retreated back into the scrub. I didn’t know what type it was – only had the impression that it was a grey-green colour. Not sure which of us got the bigger fright.
Bendigo lady and her friend joined us for happy hour drinks. I put together some dry biscuits and cheese, for nibbles, and she brought across a plate of Chilly Philly cheese and biscuits. A very pleasant interlude, with much travel talk, including speculation about when the roads out of here might be safe to travel again.
March 31, 2021 at 9:33 pm
Too close for comfort.
April 1, 2021 at 5:22 am
It was, a bit, but everyone was rather strangely calm. At home, (at the time) in the Dandenongs, if we had seen anything like that smoke or glow in the distance, we’d have been out of there, fast. But at Barn Hill, I did not actually feel threatened.