EP 20 Fighting Fire With Fire
Backa watches the fire trucks roll into Lost River. It's 24 hours before the fires reach the village and he believes they'll come from the west as well as the expected front to the east. Not only is the Lost River brigade fractured, the members insist on sniping in front of Divisional Commander Donna Bruce. Backa needs Donna to trust his judgement that they have to get out to the fires instead of waiting for more intelligence from Firecom.
Svettie makes an unexpected visit to the station and learns that the fire may reach Deep Creek by nightfall. She and Sharpie head for their Deep Creek plantation to harvest before the fire reaches.
Meanwhile Lill asks Perry for a truce until the fire has passed but Perry refuses, accusing her of demanding his support while she destroys their marriage. He insists she has to learn to act on her own.
Backa convinces Donna the only way he can unite his brigade is to get them out on the ground. However they arrive to meet the fire too late and Backa is forced to fall back to Deep Creek to backburn. He has no way of knowing though that Svettie, cut off from all communication, is in the middle of the area he intends to burn. Kieran, knowing where his father and Svettie are, confides in Lill and convinces her that they must warn Svettie and Sharpie before the backburn traps them. When Lill is a hero on the fireground she realises maybe she'll be able to survive on her own after all.
EP 21 Precious Things
Suddenly the fires are on the edge of Lost River town itself. The Losties don't have time to even think — they're down to Old Tip Road in a blink, trying to save a bunch of houses and stop the fire from crossing into the heart of town. Backa's running the Tip Road Sector. He's making calls, talking on two radios at once, driving in and out of the yards of tinderbox houses on big one-acre lots with tons of dry scrub around them. He's scared — though only Lill can pick it.
Lill finds herself helping to save a run-down uninsured house belonging to Suzie Ogg. Joey's thrown into the thick of things at the Sharps, with Hank being annoying and Sharpie way too relaxed to be much good.
Meanwhile Lill's left Perry with a box and a question: here's somewhere to put a few precious things, just in case. So, what should he save?
Svettie knows exactly what to save — but what should she do next, when there's hardly any customers and she can't leave the shop? It's going to be a long day.
The fire front's coming, it's bigger than they thought – and the water pressure's failed. The trucks are going to have to relay back and forth to the dam at Sharpie's to refill. And when they discover that Suzie's place is burning inside the roof, Backa has to make the call. No one said fighting fires on your own doorstep was easy.
EP 22 When The Smoke Clears
Days have passed since the fires. Everyone is trying to return to normal, but it's not going to be easy. Lill tries her hand at spinning. She has a few CWA ladies over for a spinning session — nothing more meditative or calming until Perry arrives and tells her he's changed his mind. He does want to have a baby with her. Now she has something to meditate on, while she spins her wool.
Fifi and Joey are living with Uncle Jeff but that's only temporary. It's got to be temporary. Just has to be. But Joey knows that with the fires gone and their caravan burnt out, Fifi's going to have to reconcile with her family. It's eating her up inside, and Uncle Jeff's icy deal-making isn't helping.
Sharpie's just getting by. His house was saved but now he's got a son on the critical list in hospital, another son who wants to marry his 15-year-old girlfriend, a wife and daughter estranged from each other. Sharpie starts wondering where he went wrong.
As for Backa, he just wants to give up the captaincy as he always promised Svettie and get on with his life. The only hitch is that no new captain is coming forward. Then he discovers four cases of illegal cash crop in the back shed and at last the truth comes out, layer on layer of it. Svettie's debts, Svettie's lies, their real financial situation, the fish-farming investments. It'd be funny if it wasn't so shocking. And Constable Mike Jones is sniffing around, dropping hints. Backa's convinced Mike knows about the drugs.
But it's a funny old world, as Lill learns when she realises she's torn between the man she loves who's promising her everything she ever wanted – and a married man who isn't promising her anything. Maybe the secret is to see things clearly and stop fooling yourself. Maybe the secret is to get your eyes open and wait for the smoke to clear.