A few days ago, with no sign of any smoke columns to our north, we were getting very fresh smelling smoke on the strong northerly winds. Today there is a general smoke haze, but it is clearly thicker to the north.
Here's the answer.
|Firewatch website at 11.14am this morning|
The northerly wind today is blowing a lot of smoke into our area from fires much further north. There aren't many fires visible anywhere near the Helidon Hills on the Firewatch site.
|Firewatch view of areas to our north|
The orange spots well to the east of Crows Nest National Park are either in the eastern edge of the Deongwar State Forest, or just outside the State Forest.
Remember that sites like Firewatch and Sentinel do not pick up smaller fires, or fires that may have started recently.
In particular, please do not be lulled into a false sense of security because much of the Hills south of Seventeen Mile Road burned in late October. There is still something like 30,000 ha of bush in the Hills that did not burn in that fire.
REPORT ANY SMOKE IN THE HILLS TO ONE OF THE SMOKESPOTTER COORDINATORS.
At our place in Vinegar Hill it feels like at least a very high Fire Danger day, but the Forest Fire Danger Rating on the RFS site for today has not been updated from what was posted last night, and the rating still shows as High. I checked on the WeatherZone site for current conditions in Gatton at 11.50am, and that also shows a current High rating.