FIRES is a gripping six-part drama circling on Australia’s horrific black summer, now on ABC iView.
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Every bushfire season feels like the worst… until the next one. You might recall the Ash Wednesday fires of 1980 and 1983, the 2003 Canberra fires, the 2006 Victorian Alpine fires, or 2009’s Black Saturday. Indeed, since European colonisation disrupted old land management practices, and drought has intensified, pretty much every day of the week has acquired a namesake blaze in Australia – Black Thursday in 1851, Friday in 1939, Sunday in 1926 and Tuesday in 1967.
And then there was Black Summer, which is dramatised in the ABC’s new six-part anthology series Fires. Co-created by Tony Ayres and Belinda Chayko, the series begins in September 2019 and ends in February 2020, when we thought the worst was over. Each episode is set in a different location in eastern Australia, loosely linked by the recurring presence of young volunteer firefighters Tash Jasic (Eliza Scanlen) and Mott Mills (Hunter Page-Lochard).