From the Embers 2: Phoenix - A Change in the Landscape - Ep 8

Amy Leiper, 29th June 2022
Four Emergency level bushfires burned over one weekend in Western Australia in February 2022. With roughly 30% of WA agricultural land, most farmers are prepared for fire at any time. But when one comes, they rely heavily on volunteer farmers and locals who form the  Bush Fire Brigade.

On February 6, 2022 near the small farming town of Narrogin, extreme wind and heat, coupled with a powerline spark in a dry pasture paddock, resulted in a massive fire. Only one house was lost but the impact on livestock and farmland will affect farmers years into the future.  

Content warning this feature contains stories of animals in distress




  • Angus Armstrong
  • Mike Burges
  • Tammy Freestone
  • Michael Lange



  • Producer: Leith Alexander
  • Executive producer and sound design: Sarah Mashman
  • Engineering: Tegan Nicholls
  • Theme music: Oliver Beard
  • Additional music: Blue Dot Sessions
  • Management team: Abe Killian and Sime Knecevic

This episode was made on the Wiilman and Wadjuk Countries of the Nyoongar Nation and the lands of the muwinina people from Country around nipaluna. These lands were never ceded.

From the Embers Season 2: Phoenix is supported by The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and IdeasThe Paul Ramsay FoundationMonash University’s Fire to Flourish program and The Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative and broadcast across Australia via the Community Radio Network, and available to listen on Community Radio Plus


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From the Embers returns for a second season, returning to some of the areas hit the hardest by the 2019-2020 bushfires and visits new communities who were hit hard by severe flooding and long COVID lockdowns.


On the South Coast of NSW, the mega fires of 2019/20 destroyed one and a half million hectares of Yuin Country, killing countless animals, plants and insect species - some of which are now on the brink of extinction. 


From the Embers goes to Lismore, a NSW town that experienced severe flooding in February 2022. On February 27 2022, water inundated the town, sweeping away cars, stranding residents on rooftops and filling houses with inches of mud. In the weeks that followed volunteer hubs sprang up to feed and clothe locals forced to shelter in tents and cars as they struggle to recover with minimal support and start to clean out and rebuild their homes in the trees.