The fire was not near here - it was probably one hundred kilometres away (somewhere just north of Harvey I heard). One thousand hectares of forest was burnt yesterday, and the smoke made its way to our place.
At this time of year, when everything is dry, fire is a constant threat. Harvesting operations, or any use of machinery in paddocks increases the risk, so a fire ban is called when the conditions become dangerous. Yesterday it was very hot and dry, with a strong wind. So we were not able to go out in the paddocks. What a good excuse to stay inside in the airconditioning?? And then after five o'clock when the sun was not so hot we took the kids into town and went to the swimming pool.