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Aftermath of the forest fire

With yesterday’s fire safely out, I walked up the hill today to view the damage.

There was no mistaking exactly where the blaze had got to. The boundary between black soil and unaffected green grass was a hard edge. 

A large number of juniper bushes had been burnt; in some cases half the bush was green and the other half black with little silvery shrivelled blobs instead of leaves.

A half-burnt juniper bush

The fire had come up through the coppiced wood next to our land, crossed the dry stone wall that marks our boundary, and made tongue-shaped inroads into the greenery.

Beyond the wall it was for the most part grey ash with the trunks of trees (left behind when the coppicing was done) rising out of  it. On our side it was black soil with shrivelled or blackened bushes giving way to blessed green grass.

The boundary of the fire

I could see where the firefighters had been stationed but it was difficult to tell exactly what they did to stop the fire’s advance. I’m just extremely grateful that they did.

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