Here in NSW and in Victoria fires have very much been in the news this past weekend. The Tathra/Bega fires are about 300 km south of here, but there is a distinctive smokey look in the air even here in Wollongong.
Fires quite often affect our area. Fortunately, the nearest in the time I have been here (since 2010) came close, but not too close. See from 2013 ABC Local Radio says fire now just 6km over the mountain:-
And from my window looking west/southwest:
Not to panic, and things are more serious in the Lithgow/Blue Mountains area. However we are now being asked to watch for embers and the weather forecast is not entirely favourable.
And another post from that time which canvasses climate matters:
Looking out my window at 6pm:
That is looking at Mount Nebo in the foreground, where there are quite a few recently built homes, and beyond that the main escarpment. Behind that the Southern Highlands current fire zone is from 10 to 30 km away. Tomorrow, we are told, is to be “about as bad as it gets”, with temperatures in the high 30s, humidity at 10 per cent and wind gusts of up to 100 kph….
Meanwhile I do commend Trove as a check on our faulty memories!
27 houses lost in fires near Wollongong [coming soon]The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995) Tuesday 29 October 1968 p 1 Article Illustrated… Faces masked against smoke, volunteers move to a new fire at Unanderra, south of Wollongong. 27 houses lost in fires near Wollongong SYDNEY, Monday. – Twenty – seven homes lie in ashes tonight after the worst bushfires known in the suburbs of Wollongong. The fires were fanned by 50 mph winds and … 235 words
I remember that one, though I was at this time living in Paddington and commuting to St Ives…
From my window October 2013: