This blog on New Caledonia is for those of you who ever wondered what life on a tiny island in the South Pacific might be like. Tired of bracing winter winds, the stress of an inner city or simply dreaming of a life change? This is a blog about what happens when, in the words of Yogi Berra, "you come to a fork in the road, [and] take it".

05 January 2006

New Caledonia's Mont-Dore: Fire Reduced to Embers

Some of you have written to say that you have been watching New Caledonia in the news. 'Tis true, until recently, our Mont-Dore (Gold Mountain, so named as traces of gold were first found there) was burning for days between Christmas and New Year's. Thanks to two helicopters sent in from Australia, and firefighters flown in from France, the fire was hastily beaten down earlier this week. Small fires threaten to grow, but for the moment, things appear to be under control. Mont-Dore is just outside Nouméa and until yesterday we could see it burning in the distance.
Photo by Laurent Guiader, 2005.

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