PODCAST IN PICTURES  EPISODE 9: FIGHTING FIRE

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
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.
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 fire quickly devours the dry, tall grass

©Hadley Pierce

The flames engulf a National Park sign
The flames engulf a National Park sign

©Hadley Pierce

After fighting fire throughout the night, we finally went to bed at almost 5 in the evening
After fighting fire throughout the night, we finally went to bed at almost 5 in the evening

©Hadley Pierce

Fighting fire high up on the ridge on day 3
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. ©Shaun Jenkinson

A clear burn line emerges between two ridges
A clear burn line emerges between two ridges

©Hadley Pierce

Scorched earth
Scorched earth

©Shaun Jenkinson

After 3 long days/nights of fighting fire, Hadley turns a violent shade of red & throws up in a bush
After 3 long days/nights of fighting fire, Hadley turns a violent shade of red & throws up in a bush

©Hadley Pierce

After the first rain, the burned plains come back to life
After the first rain, the burned plains come back to life

©Hadley Pierce

The valley turns from black to emerald green
The valley turns from black to emerald green

©Hadley Pierce

After extensive rain, getting stuck in the mud is an eventuality
After extensive rain, getting stuck in the mud is an eventuality

©Hadley Pierce

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.

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