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Australia: Owners say ‘cultural burning’ saved their property from the fires

Australia: Owners say ‘cultural burning’ saved their property from the fires

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Phil Sheppard watched with trepidation as a giant blaze approached his beloved Hunter Valley property outside Laguna, near Cessnock. The 66-year-old had poured his heart and soul into Ngurrumpaa – an isolated 160-acre bushland property with a main house and several huts, offering cultural camps for tourists and Indigenous youth. Three weeks ago, he and other owners were forced to evacuate, helplessly watching online as the Gospers Mountain fire converged with the Little L Complex fire and appeared to engulf the property.
Source: Australia: Owners say ‘cultural burning’ saved their property from the fires

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