There’s smoke, where’s the fire?

Ntp 11 April 2007 16

It’s a beautiful calm morning in Belconnen and on walking out on the balcony I discovered what looked like an impressive horizon spaning fog had instead the strong smell of smoke. Burn off or something else?


[ED – It looks likely it has something to do with this ACT Govt mediarelease.

And if anyone has images of the smoke over the other parts of town feel free to send them in.]



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16 Responses to There’s smoke, where’s the fire?
Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:10 pm 12 Apr 08

Oops, spoke too soon. It’s a bit smokey again in downtown O’Connor.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:37 pm 12 Apr 08

There was some burning off this morning up near Dryandra St in O’Connor/Turner, but the smoke seems to have cleared pretty quickly.

el el 2:53 pm 12 Apr 08

Tuggeranong SUCKS for air quality once people start lighting their wood-fires. Always has.

Sulfura Sulfura 1:39 pm 12 Apr 08

The smoke smells good, and I have heard that some native trees benefit from bush fires to help them pollinate(?)and since residential areas do not really mix well with bush fires, burn offs are the next best thing.

Makes it feel very summery and surreal. I am happy with the smoke.

burninator burninator 8:56 am 13 Apr 07

This smoke is disgusting – is it really justified, or are we just mindlessly burning off everything in sight out of fear of another firestorm?

Fiona Fiona 11:00 am 12 Apr 07

I was told a house burned down down the street from me yesterday. (hughes – so yeah, near malkara) but I can’t see anything about it, so I might believe it’s the backbirning then. Will haveto investigate this arvo

Thumper Thumper 9:59 pm 11 Apr 07

Burning off guys…

Settle, all is well.

bubzie bubzie 7:12 pm 11 Apr 07

i woke up this morning, walked outside, and wow, i smelt sooo much smoke out there. (and i live in southern tuggeranong!!)

(really, i’d hate to think if they ever back-burn one of the hills in calwell. I could barely breathe from today!!)

Chris S Chris S 5:56 pm 11 Apr 07


Yes, it’s the hill above Malkara.

After they removed a whole bunch of trees after the firestorm, the undergrowth got away a bit, and there was quite a lot of debris from the tree removal. It all adds up to lots of fuel, I guess.

I’m not convinced that tree removal was the answer in the first place, but given that this happened, then low-intensity burns become necessary, I suppose.

Meconium Meconium 4:24 pm 11 Apr 07

Is Hawk’s Hill the name of that hill between Hughes and Garran? Never knew that.

Smoke everywhere near my place this morning – is it really necessary to backburn there? I suppose there’s a chance of it catching fire if Red Hill goes up but I’m not convinced.

caf caf 12:47 pm 11 Apr 07

Cranking up the fireplace? Don’t they know that Real Canberrans don’t light the fireplace until after Anzac Day?

Chris S Chris S 11:48 am 11 Apr 07

They’re burning off Hawk’s Hill in Hughes

tortfeaser tortfeaser 10:58 am 11 Apr 07

Temperature inversion + back burning + first cold night and dudes cranking up the fireplace for the first time makes for really bad air quality. I woke up with some trouble breathing. (Tugg valley.)

louise louise 10:06 am 11 Apr 07

The burnoff schedule was in the CT recently (possibly Saturday’s paper?), for anyone who’s interested. It’s probably on an ACT government website, too.

Ralph Ralph 9:56 am 11 Apr 07

Bacburning and Tumut fire.

Avacry Avacry 9:48 am 11 Apr 07

I woke up this morning in southern Canberra to the smell of smoke. Must be back burning?

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