A few photos taken in the area near Northcliffe, Western Australia. The fire started about 6 weeks ago, but some embers are still burning as seen in the image below, taken underneath a felled tree
Not all the trees were burnt completely, but the bush scrub was turned ash. The forest areas affected were left with a golden red hue, but with burnt trees littered about
The forest is covered in ash.
Many trees were burnt out and felled.
The scale was huge - 95000 hectares destroyed
The fire did not burn everywhere and its limit seen by how far the brown dying leaves extend
The fire spread to the coast
Despite the devastation life begins anew. The Australian ecology has adapted to fires for millenia, and already greenery returns to the area.
There is no room for complacency though. While Australia has always lived with fire and its consequences the impact of climate change cannot be ignored. Australia will face increased numbers of days of bushfire risk, as summers get longer and hotter. The Australian ecology might be able to adapt, but human homes and lifes may yet struggle with the consequences.