Random Friday memory 25 – bushfire smell takes me back

Looking from my window yesterday afternoon I saw a taste of months to come:


Presumably that was part of this:

Large number hazard reduction burns planned

Published Date: 14 Aug 2015


Fire agencies and land managers are taking advantage of favourable weather conditions to complete a number of important hazard reduction burns.

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said there are more than 60 controlled burns scheduled across the state in the next week.

“Good weather conditions have provided us with a welcome window of opportunity to continue our controlled burning program this week in preparation for the next fire season,” Deputy Commissioner Rogers said.

“There are hazard reduction burns planned in many areas throughout the state, including the Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Greater Sydney, Hawkesbury, the Hunter and Blue Mountains.”

“NSW RFS volunteers along with fire fighters from Fire & Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Forest Corporation NSW are about to embark upon one of the biggest weeks of controlled burning in some time, with in excess of 60 burns being carried out across the state, a dozen of these will be within the Greater Sydney area alone.”…

The air is full of the smell of bushfire smoke this morning. This inevitably triggers many memories. Among my posts here see especially Still on bushfires (October 2013).

Here are two items from Trove that document fires I remember:

article18256020-4-005 Saturday 26 January 1952


Thursday 31 January 1952

Less than two weeks after my sister had died, as it happens. Those “wooded slopes” were very visible from the house in Vermont Street Sutherland where our family were just moving in. And while on the subject of memory and the early 1950s, look at this 2010 post and its thread: Going back 57 years…. It’s quite a remarkable post.