21 October 2016
Smokey and the Buddy
Our plans to take Buddy down to Cremorne Point this morning were thwarted when we awoke to a Sydney blanketed in smoke. The NSW Rural Fire Service was taking advantage of favourable weather conditions to carry out a number of hazard-reduction burns around the city resulting in rather unpleasant conditions for residents. However, a few hours of smoky atmosphere is a lot better than uncontrollable fires burning across the landscape and consuming hundreds of homes. Reducing the level of bush means that the intensity of any fire outbreak is lower and easier to contain.
The 2013 New South Wales bushfires were the worst in decades, destroying 248 homes and burning out most of the northern region of the Blue Mountains National Park.
So today we headed for Sirius Cove where the sea breeze had mostly dispersed the smoke. Buddy and his furry friends didn’t seem to mind too much.