The majestic Pencil Pine: pushed to the brink

On Jan 13th 2016, approximately 70 lightning strikes hit the west of Tasmania.

About 20 of those strikes started fires.

So many lightning strikes. There were more than usual. However, fire caused by dry lightning in this area is totally expected. What was not expected is the devastation that followed.

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Pencil Pine at Lake McKenzie, post-fire, 2016. © Rob Blakers

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