From the Embers 2: Phoenix - Right Fire Wrong Fire - Ep 5

Amy Leiper, 20th June 2022

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. 

Many members of the South Coast Yuin Community call these mega fires, ‘Wrong Fire’ - fire that can’t be controlled and has the capacity to injure and kill. This compares very differently to Right Fire, or what is often called Cultural Burning. Right burning has been practiced for thousands of years and today it still has the capacity to heal and care for all. 

Content warning this feature contains stories from the 2019/20 fires.  


From the Embers, Season 2 Episode 5 Guests

  • Andrew White
  • Uncle Nook
  • Vikki Parsley


From the Embers, Season 2 Episode 5 Credits:

  • Producer: Alice Ansara
  • Executive producer and sound design: Sarah Mashman
  • Engineer: Tegan Nicholls
  • Theme music by Oliver Beard
  • Additional music: Blue Dot Sessions
  • Management team: Abe Killian and Sime Knecevic

This episode was made on the lands of the Walbunga and the Yuin 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.


From the Embers revisits the south coast communities, which are home to the critically endangered Swift Parrot. The community moved quickly after the fires to stop logging companies and urban developers moving in to destroy vulnerable species and their habitat.


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.