A total of 27 lives have been lost, one billion animals killed and almost 11 million hectares of land have been destroyed by the devastating bushfires that continue to burn across the country. But, despite the devastation, the Australian spirit of resilience has been undeniable as people have banded together to support those affected by the blazes.
From charitable donations and fundraising efforts backed by some of the country’s biggest stars, to heartfelt messages from royalty and simple acts of kindness towards those less fortunate, the whole world has come out in support of Australia in recent weeks as the fires rage on.
Proving that nothing can dampen the spirit of Australia, one man has been hailed a hero on social media after a video emerged showing the larrikin cooking a lamb roast in bushfire ashes.
“You’ve got good burning logs in a blackout to cook your camp oven,” the unidentified man says to the camera, while standing in a clearing that has been wiped out by bushfires.
He can then be seen using a shovel to lift a heavy cooking pot out of the ashes before opening the lid and saying: “We’ve got a nice lamb roast in here. Might have overdone it a bit … ”
The camera then closes in on the bubbling joint of meat as the man says: “Bloody perfect! Look at him in there! That’s how we do it in the bush.”
The video titled ‘A light story from the fire grounds’ has already been viewed more than 17,000 times and the Aussie bloke has earned heaps of praise for his attitude.
One person commented: “Would be a total lie if I didn’t say I was jealous about having a camp oven feed. Good onya for making the best out of a pretty s**t situation.”
Another commented: “True Aussie spirit right there. Making the best out of a bad situation and having a laugh at the same time.” While another said: “When life gives you lemons, make a lamb roast…. making the best of a bad situation, good stuff.”
One person even commented on the post to say that he had done something similar. Alongside a photo of some snags cooking on a make-shift camp oven, the man wrote: “Yeah we did the same sorta thing [sic].”
While the fires have shown no signs of slowing in recent weeks, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said on Monday that a forecast ‘rain bomb’ could significantly help to dampen the flames and prevent further spreading. The Bureau of Meteorology published a map which shows rain forecast for almost the whole of NSW in the next seven days.
If this @BOM_NSW rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one. Fingers crossed. #NSWRFS #nswfires pic.twitter.com/R9VfD0bqu2
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 12, 2020
“If this @BOM_NSW rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one,” a tweet from NSW RFS read. “Fingers crossed. #NSWRFS #nswfires“