Many have been affected by it, either by being forced to leave their homes or are being about to. Unfortunately there have been casualties too; one dead and one severely injured.
I watched a live-interview of a man, who was about to be evacuated, but could not get himself to leave yet. How miserable must he be, and others like him, to stand there, watching the flames draw nearer, knowing that you can not save your house and possessions and only can wait untill it actually happens...
Information by the public media is available, but information from official sources is scarce or hard to locate.
Yesterdayafternoon we were treated with some spectaculair cloud- and colourdisplays, as the smoke was blown across the sun. My son compared it to some scenes in the movie "War of the worlds" and I must admit the atmosphere surely did match that; Surreal, apocalyptic and the woodsmoke smell sure did it part to contribute to that.
The day started sunny and with clear skies. In fact so clear that we could not remain at the lake we went swimming in, because it was way to hot in the sun. When we came home however, things started to change quite rapidly. I guess the wind changed at higher altitudes and large plumes of, what turned out to be smoke were blown into our area. It went dark all of a sudden, but we did not smell anything... yet.
|this is 80 km away!|
My son, oldest daughter and I headed out to the lakeside to watch this spectacle in full view and colour, which neither of both can be transmitted through the images.
The sky was red, orange, light and dark grey, yellow, blue and even a bit greenish. It was creepy. A developping thunderstorm within the smokeclouds made it even worse! No rain, just thunder and horizontal lightning and heavy windgusts all the time
|This image does come closest to some of the actual colours...|