A woman has shared a photo showing her exhausted father sleeping on their front lawn after defending her family’s farm, which she says was under threat from bushfire.
She said her dad had just finished his 10th 12-hour day volunteering for the NSW Rural Fire Service at the time of the photo being taken.
“My family have been fighting these fires on our farm and our community non-stop for over a month,” the daughter wrote in a Facebook post, tagging the location as Conjola – on the NSW south coast.
“They are tired, they are sore, and they are running out of resources.”
Conjola is one of the many communities threatened by the Currowan Fire, which has burned through 304,202 hectares and the fire is still at a watch-and-act level.
The daughter said she saw her father cry on Saturday, a day which was challenging for firefighters across NSW, where more than 150 fires burned across the state.
“I have never seen anything like this, it’s never ending,” the father reportedly said to his daughter.
“We still have over 50 days of summer left we aren’t even half way and there is currently no end in sight,” she continued in her post.
“Australia is on fire and there are brave people all over the country VOLUNTARILY fighting day in, day out to keep our lives and homes safe.”
Aided by “aggressive” southerly winds, which swept the state on Saturday, the Currowan Fire was able to jump the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo Rivers, which gives some context to what firefighters were up against on January 4.
In light of the political debate surrounding the bushfires, the woman has pleaded with Australians to focus on what is important.
“Please don’t become numb to what’s happening,” she said.
“Don’t get caught up in the negativity, the politics, the facebook news, the drama.
“These firefighters need our support more than ever. This should be our one and only focus.”
The daughter thanked all those around Australia who are helping “directly and indirectly” and encouraged people to donate to whichever charity they would prefer.
“This is far from over,” she said.
My last day of the decade felt like the apocalypse. Been covering the Australian bushfires for the last 6 weeks, but haven’t seen anything like yesterdays fire that decimated the town of Conjola, NSW. #bushfirecrisis #AustralianBushfires #NSWisburning work for @nytimes pic.twitter.com/KmVKqDMKsf— matthew abbott (@mattabbottphoto) January 1, 2020
Lastly, the daughter thanked her family.
“I cannot express how proud I am of you all,” she said.
“I love you and am forever thankful.”
At the time of publication, the Facebook post has received a lot of attention online, amassing more than 13,000 reactions and 9000 shares.
“Thank you tremendously to your father and the very other brave services devoting so much to try and save what is left of our country,” one person commented on post.
“You are strong and your father and his fellow heroes are respected. I hope he and your family stay safe and well,” another said.
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