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Wed 09 Jan 2013

Australia Fires: News From Tasmania

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Amid a severe heatwave, fires broke out in Tasmania last Thursday. Fortunately no deaths have been reported but over 100 buildings have been destroyed and many communities affected. More fires have since occurred in New South Wales.

Our thoughts are with all those living and working there who are affected. Upon hearing the news from Tasmania, I contacted Claudio Radenti, winemaker behind The Society’s Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay, whose family live on the beautiful Freycinet vineyard on the east coast. Thankfully he and his family are all safe. Here is what he wrote back to us:

Hi Pierre,
Thank you so much for thinking of us. We are all safe and out of harm’s way. Fortunately for us the winds pushed the fire away. It made us all get serious about preparing ourselves for fire fighting though. I had my house gutters all filled with water; generator ready in case of power failure; farm fire truck ready for spot fires; petrol powered fire pump also ready; water tanks full; three fire hose reels at winery ready; few precious things packed and ready in case of evacuation. Had the winds favoured our direction it could have easily escalated into a bad situation.

Danger has eased on the east coast near us now but other parts of Tassie are still burning out of control. Hopefully a decent rain is not far away.
Claudio & Lindy

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