In this week’s episode (listen here), Hadley and Jomi share what it's like fighting fire and the other elements in the bush. They discuss:
-The chaos of fighting a wildfire in the bush
-How fire brings new life back into the bush
-Why extreme wind and rain can be the most dangerous elements
-How the vegetation and animals respond to the extremes of the elements
Below, see photos and videos of the stories Jomi and Hadley describe in the episode...
Walking through the bush with head lamps up to the fire on the first night
© Hadley Pierce
Hadley and friends fighting fire the first night.
This photo was taken when we finally made it to the top, where you can see the fire burning in the previous photo.
© Adriaan Mulder
The fire quickly devours the dry, tall grass
The flames engulf a National Park sign
After fighting fire throughout the night, we finally went to bed at almost 5 in the evening
Fighting fire high up on the ridge on day 3
You can see how dry the grass and vegetation are down below. That dryness was a big factor in the fire being able to spread so quickly.
A clear burn line emerges between two ridges
After 3 long days/nights of fighting fire, Hadley turns a violent shade of red & throws up in a bush
After the first rain, the burned plains come back to life
The valley turns from black to emerald green
After extensive rain, getting stuck in the mud is an eventuality
Video: See what it's like fighting fire in the dry African bush
Video: When the rains finally come, the scorched earth blooms back into life with vibrant green grass quickly growing and drawing in herds of herbivores.
Video: Watch as Hadley and Jomi get caught in a powerful thunderstorm.
Video: A look at the damage and beauty caused by rain!
Video: Experience what it's like to be rained on in a part of the Namibian desert that sometimes goes a full year without rain.