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What a difference a few hours make.

Photographs from the same spot in Canberra – a few hours apart. The picture HERE is of a waterbomber trying to stop the fires before they hit us. About three hours later, and the fire is here …

Namadgi National Park Canberra Australia Bushfire Smoke Haze Canberra Australia Tuggeranong Sonya Oksana Heaney Afternoon 3rd February 2020 Smoke

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DC-10 Firefighting Plane in Canberra

One of the American DC-10 water tankers flying directly over my house to the fires near us in Canberra this afternoon. The aircraft activity over the south of Canberra has been running nonstop since before dawn.

It seems so strange to me that in other parts of Canberra nobody would even know any of this is happening …

The sky was crazily blue for the first time in weeks, but the smoke is back now.

DC-10 American Water Bombing Air Tanker Canberra Bushfires Gowrie Tuggeranong Australia Sonya Heaney 3rd February 2020

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DC-10 Water Tanker

The DC-10 – a firefighting water tanker from Alabama, USA – has been flying over my house, to and from the bushfires, for days. I finally got a shot of it just before three this afternoon.

The DC-10 Air Tanker was flown from Alabama in the United States Gowrie Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Bushfires Sonya Heaney 1st February 2020 (2)

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The Smoke is Back in Canberra

After the horror fires that hit the Canberra region a couple of days ago (and are still burning), the awful muddy yellow smoke has again taken over Australia’s capital city.

Here are some pictures from around 5pm today. The first is an aeroplane flying over our house – on its way back from the nearby fire front. The second is a currawong in a tree in our garden.

Water Bombing Aeroplane Surveillance Namadgi Bushfire Smoke Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th January 2020

Currawong Bushfire Smoke Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 29th January 2020

 

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Canberra Bushfires

We haven’t had the internet all day because of the bushfires in and around Canberra, but here’s what we were looking at yesterday: the fire coming over the mountains and down towards us. They’ve been waterbombing nonstop since yesterday (including with the big American DC-10), and they stopped the flames before they reached the houses, but we’ve been told the fire is going to burn for weeks.

So, yeah, despite what everyone seems to think, the fires in Australia still very much exist.

Namadgi National Park Southern Canberra Tuggeranong Bushfire Brindabella Range Mountains Sonya Oksana Heaney Evening of 28th January 2020

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And it’s hailing in Canberra for the second time in less than a week …

Hailstorm Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 20th January 2020 Nature Rain 1

Hailstorm Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 20th January 2020 Nature Rain 2

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The first (mostly) smoke-free sunset in Canberra since last year!

First mostly smoke-free Sunset southern Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th January 2020

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16/01/2020 · 8:17 pm

Ten Minutes of Hail in Canberra

Despite what the world’s news is reporting, the bushfires in Australia aren’t out! SOME are, but the rain people who don’t seem to understand the size of Australia are reporting on nonstop didn’t hit the whole country (we’re the same size as the United States – we don’t all have the same weather at the same time)!

A ten-minute hailstorm hit the south of Canberra at around 4:30 this afternoon, and then other parts an hour or so later, taking down powerlines all over the city. We had little rain – but a lot of ice!

The water bombing helicopters resumed flying over our city – still at work on the fires – immediately afterwards.

Hailstorm southern Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th January 2020.

Hailstorm southern Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th January 2020

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More Smoke in Canberra

Yesterday Canberra had its hottest day on record. And now, mid-morning, the bushfire smoke is worse than it has been since the 2003 firestorm.

Canberra Australia Bushfire Smoke 5th January 2019 Sonya Heaney Nature Natural Disaster 1

Canberra Australia Bushfire Smoke 5th January 2019 Sonya Heaney Nature Natural Disaster 2

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Canberra: Before and After the Smoke Disaster

Canberra now officially has the worst air quality in the world – thanks to the bushfires surrounding us. It’s by far the worst in the south of the city, and that’s where I am.

Here are before and after photos, and then proof of how bad it is here:

Walk to the shops Tuggernanong Valley Brindabella Range Canberra Australia Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Sonya Heaney 21st July 2019 Sunny Warm Afternoon

Severe world-record bushfire smoke Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Tuggeranong 2nd January 2020

1st January 2020 Canberra Worst Air Quality in the world Bushfires.

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