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We have been sitting in the garden listening to Queen and Madness whilst watching the evening sky as bits of ash fell and our nostrils were assaulted by the stench of burning brought to us on the wind.

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The sky is a pinkish grey and we cannot see down the valley there is so much smoke coming our way. This fire started yesterday afternoon and the float planes were busy flying overhead to put it out. Our friends thought – as we did – that it was ‘job done’. However as the planes and choppers can’t fly at night the fire got going again. We visited our friends this afternoon, their home over looks the valley to the next mountain range where the fire is raging, but all we could see was the smoke cloud. As we sat chatting ash brought in on the wind-driven cloud began to fall which made our eyes water and me a little uneasy. My wife’s jeans were getting covered in ash so I decided it was time to go.

 

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And this is from a distance of over 12 kilometers.

On the way home we saw some pretty awesome sights with the smoke column looking like a tornado blocking the sun. We had to do some shopping and as we were parking the choppers returned from fire fighting and did a circuit of the supermarket as they went into land. So although there are no photos of the actual fire raging – too dangerous to get near, these distance ones show the heat as you can see it rising and the clouds are red. This fire is so out of control and although on the other side of the river – where we all hope it stays – if not and it jumps the river then God help us all.  Mind you it does say there will be heavy rain tomorrow  we are praying.

© Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

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A while ago I wrote about the water situation here, but there was one thing I forgot to mention FIRE!

We were first aware of the situation when collecting water around 7am Thursday morning.

We could hear then we saw the firefighting helicopters with their buckets hanging down, Then this morning we could hear the float planes so we knew it was not over.

Normally it rains in April and May so there is no problem, but for the past 3-4 years it has been getting drier and drier and this year is no exception.  So far we have seen two huge fires one of which is still burning in the Monsant wine region.  I have spoken to a friend there and they are worried because a few vineyards have already gone.  In May there was a large fire which took out 18000 acres of both forest and vineyard.

What causes them? Well like the huge wild-fire in the Rockies, they can be started by lightning. It is unfortunate here but people seem to be the cause of these fires.  Then there is another bit of nature to contend with.  From around 10.30am the wind gets up and blows down our valley, strong enough to drive our wind generator.  If this is happening across the river in those vallies then they have a real problem and I think this must be happening as the smoke from the fire looks like a misty foggy haze.

What we really need are some summer storms or heavy prolonged rain.  It has been 37c here today and that was at 7.30pm, as I sit here I am sweating but all the windows are open there is a slight breeze but no respite.

I am so very very glad the bombers and Forestals are experts, at the moment of writing my wife has all my writing materials packed ready, just in case…..

(c) Michael Bosc

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