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Monday, October 21, 2013

Walk through a blackened forest

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New South Wales authorities are aggressively back-burning in an attempt to avoid two major bushfires in the Blue Mountains joining up amid soaring temperatures.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has called the bushfire threat an "unparalleled" emergency, and warned a potential mega-fire could stretch across hundreds of kilometres. At least 200 homes have already been lost and fire crews are warning the worst is yet to come, with weather conditions expected to deteriorate over the next few days.

Luckily, we have only had a few isolated fires in our region. We took a walk along Runnyford Road which is the ridge road running through the forests directly opposite us on the other side of the river. The local fire brigade had a controlled burn-off through that area some time ago and there isn't much undergrowth left to ignite another fire.

Anyway, I keep a long snorkel handy to jump into the river at the first sign of fire. Living by the river has its advantages. ☺