Pierces Creek pines - tornado damage

Pierces Creek
Photograph © P Barling

"Amid all the shouting and the demands to be heard, we have to realize that fire isn't listening. It doesn't feel our pain. It doesn't care - really doesn't care. It obeys a logic of wind, drought, terrain, woods, and grasses, indifferent to government initiatives, Non-Government Organisation manifestos, court injunctions, or royal commissions. Unless we speak in the language it understands, it won't hear. It won't respond. Our words are so much vapour to be sucked into its convective draft."

Dr Stephen Pyne

30th January    front page    Page 160 & 161

Last updated 24 December 2004