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We lost our house in summer bushfires. Now we're going underground and off the grid

We lost our house in summer bushfires. Now we’re going underground and off the grid

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We lost our house and just about everything in it during the horrific fire season of 2019/20.

Ours had the dubious distinction of being one of the very first houses to be lost on that terrible day that ushered in the Black Summer, and which brought with it scenes that would appall a nation – indeed the world – who had seen fires regularly and thought themselves accustomed to such phenomena.

It was a beautiful house in a spectacular rural location, at the bottom of a valley, beside a creek that had never stopped running in any of the locals’ memory, and in a…

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