I don’t normally do 2 posts in a day, but this is more of a brief update. I have been kindly contacted by a few people to check on my safety. Thank you. I am quite safe and well well clear of the danger zone.
As you may know, the worst bushfires to hit New South Wales Australia in 50 years have struck. Much of eastern NSW is on fire and many fires are burning out of control. Hundreds of homes have been lost and firefighters are being flown in from interstate. Last Thursday was D-day and the skies of Sydney were black and orange. The Blue Mountains on the western outskirts of Sydney are a disaster zone and a state of emergency has been declared. There is a smoke haze throughout the air and I have not seen any significant clear blue sky in 4 days. The sun and moon are obscured by smoke and have had an orange tinge daily since. The air pollution levels are at record highs, and public advice is to avoid strenuous outdoor exercise. This Wednesday is expected to be another danger day with high temperatures and strong winds. We have been experiencing record hot days in October with little rain.
Sad to say, it’s not the first bushfire I’ve encountered. In Canberra 2003 I was much closer to the firestorm and had embers in my yard. I hurriedly packed my car and I thought I was ready to go, until the electrical blackout hit and I couldn’t get my car out of the garage. Lesson learnt.
It’s all part of living in a sunburnt country…