Blue Mountains Inferno by Zita Fogarty

Prompt: Forbidden places | Word count: 1800 words | Genre: Adult nonfiction

This short story is dedicated to the residents of the Lower Blue Mountains community in New South Wales, Australia, who were affected by the devastating bushfires of October 2013.

Five years ago on Wednesday 17th October 2013, the inhabitants of the Lower Blue Mountains in New South Wales where I grew up woke up to what they thought would be a normal day. By nightfall, 200 residential properties were destroyed by fire, and chaos prevailed in this otherwise family friendly and quiet part of the Blue Mountains district. Within 24 hours, 500 insurance claims had been lodged. Continue reading