20 January 2003

Canberra Bushfires

Well, here’s a summary of my weekend. I spent Saturday afternoon hosing down my house and watch flames about 3 – 4 times the height of the trees approaching the edge of the suburb. We didn’t end up having anything in the street burn, but we were listed as a suburb under threat, and we did have burning embers falling out of the sky at one point.

Catherine and Andrew evacuated because of asthma, and me not wanting a pregnant woman and a 11 month old in danger.

I guess we were lucky, because the suburb is new enough to have very few large trees — so gutters didn’t have leaf litter in them and stuff.

My pictures are by no means the most amazing, but these show what an average Canberra person saw on the weekend. Note that I didn’t always have time to take photos — we spent a lot of time with a hose.

It is still raining burnt leaves and at the worst bits of branch and stuff were falling on us. These must have been lifted into the air by convection currents, and must have travelled some distance.