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04-Jan-2020 AKMC

20200104_203301_1041844 Activate The Bat Signal

Illawarra, NSW

So the entire state is covered by bushfires and has been since early December, right? OK, maybe not all of it - we've been lucky where we are but most of the coastal plain has had them and today has been utterly awful for the people further down the coast. Quite literally some of them have been driven off the land and onto naval ships which had been waiting off the coast.

The south coast was described as being "like a blast furnace" today with hot north westerly winds bringing hot, dry air.

This evening a cool southerly change came through, bringing much temperature relief. However, since it came from the south, and the fires are from the south... yes, it has brought with it thick, choking smoke. No, I haven't failed with my use of the contrast controls, this is what the sodding sky looks like right now.

And in that sky are squadrons upon squadrons of bats. Why? Because most of their normal habitat is either charred cinders or is in the process of turning into that. This is one of the few areas with relatively untouched vegetation for the moment.

At the time of typing there are still 12 fires listed under the category of "Emergency Warning" and another 10 which are "out of control".

Happy new year...

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Bill Miller12-Jan-2020 02:02
Watching the news with sadness at what is happening. Stay safe.
Don Mottershead07-Jan-2020 18:06
Terrible situation. Wishing you and your neighbors better days.
Julie Oldfield06-Jan-2020 01:36
A very ominous feeling. I hope you stay safe. My mother’s friend lives in Hornsby and it seems the fires are surrounding the area.
Yvonne04-Jan-2020 10:46
We've been watching the ABC News channel with the map spread out on the table, glad to hear you're okay Alan!
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