Bush fire season is almost upon us, just at the moment the Rural Fire Service is doing hazard reduction burns all over Australia. I've been smelling the bush fire all afternoon, when I smell this smell in Spring, Summer or Autumn I check the RFS web sight just to put my mind at rest, slightly paranoid it may seem but I'm surrounded by Eucalyptus trees, massive one's in my back yard 2 of which over hang my house.
The photo I've posted is from the front yard, it doesn't show the extent of the trees, the under brush or how dry it all is. Eucalyptus trees (we call them Gums) have oil in their leaves and they burn fiercely and easily, great when you put seasoned gums in your winter fire, however not wanted in bush fire season. I spend many hours each week raking up leaves from these trees to reduce my risk of fire I even get up on the roof and use the leaf blower to keep the gutters and roof clear.
The fire I can smell is a hazard reduction fire, under control, but until I know this all my fears about bush fires come back.
from the lady that
"downsized to a bigger home"