This is what Kate from Vegetable Vagabond was talking about yesterday, forestry burns. This fire was started about three hours ago, just over the hill.
I've been in Tassie eight years now and this happens every year, around Easter time, and I'm still not used to it and I still hate it!
They don't light the fire until around 3pm and then you can kiss goodbye to the sun. This of course means that the temperature drops by about five degrees and you can forget about the rest of your washing drying outside.
Besides all the points that were mentioned in Kate's blog, these fires cause real problems for people with respiratory problems. There is a very high incidence of asthma in Tasmania amongst children - I wonder why?!
There has to be a more efficient, environmentally friendly way of doing this. But then that means change, and the old, old story of "We've always done it this way".
There are some days when there will be a number of fires lit around various country towns, and depending on which way the wind blows, sometimes even Hobart gets the fallout.
It is criminal that woodworkers, carpenters, artists or anyone that works with timber is not allowed into the coupes to salvage the precious old growth, beautiful wood prior to these burns.
It's one of the very few things that I dislike about Tasmania, the small minded forestry department. It makes my blood boil!