Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bushfires have long had a bad reputation. I blame the media for attaching labels to every little natural disaster, Ash Wednesday, Black Tuesday, or in the case of the Boxing Day Tsunami, Moist Sunday.

The media spin tends to highlight the negative aspects of bushfires and people consider them bad things. People should be made aware of the upside of bushfires.

The current fires in Australia have filled the atmosphere with ash. These tiny particles cause droplets to form and lead to precipitation. For those of us lucky enough to live downwind of the fires we've had some lovely rains that have made summer far more pleasant.

I think the government should organise regular fires every summer. Sure it destroys thousands of acres of bush and farmland, but that's a small price to pay if I don't have to bother watering the lawn for a few days.

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