There’s No Smoke Without Fire


There are a lot of bushfires around Tasmania at present. It’s been dry and vegetation fires are common in summer.

Last week we had a huge thunderstorm and many fires were started by lightning strikes. Many are in remote areas of forest and firefighters both local and visiting ones from interstate and from New Zealand have been doing their best to control them.

Over the last couple of days it’s been hot and windy and two fires, in particular, have become more serious, one of them is in an area called Tahune which a forest area and is 30 kilometres or so from Geeveston. We have been getting a lot of smoke and today ash falling over the town.

This afternoon some friends who live up the Arve Road which leads to the Tahune Airwalk decided to leave, mainly because the air quality is so bad. This is how the sky looked at my place at around 4pm. I took this from inside.

I’ve been living here for 16 years now and I can say that without a doubt these are the worst conditions that I have seen around here.

Hot weather is forecast for most of this week so I don’t see this improving soon.

I am fine. My house is on the Hobart side of town, it’s just unpleasant and a bit scary.

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

4 thoughts on “There’s No Smoke Without Fire”

    1. I’m monitoring the situation on ABC local radio and the TFS website. Fire danger downgraded to “Watch and Act” but I have a bag packed for me and a bag of pet food plus the offer of a ride out of Dodge should it become necessary ( I don’t drive). Will be keeping the phone by my bed tonight.

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