Luckily for us we're not in any immediate danger from the bushfires raging in North-Eastern Victoria, but it's pretty tense all the same. We often have a lot of smoke - and we are waking up to the smell and haze almost every day, even though the nearest fire is probably 35-40klm away. Even though you know the fires are not threatening you, it can be pretty disconcerting.
We're not being idle though - Jerry is on gutter cleaning duty, and we're trying as best we can to keep everything around the house raked up and pruned of any deadwood or other kindling material. The verandahs have never been so tidy! We also have our fire plan, firefighting kit, firepump, waterpistols (great for putting out spot fires according to the CFA - that was all the excuse Jerry needed!), water backpacks, bins, buckets etc at the ready. So it's a case of be prepared, keep fingers crossed, and hope for no more big thunderstorms that bring lightning but no rain.
Whatever happens, it's going to be a long, nervous summer.
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/incident_updates.htm for the latest fire update information