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August 8th 2007
Published: August 18th 2007
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What a couple days of fires. As we rode into Fitzroy Crossing last night a guy was back burning the grass and shrubs next to the road so the major fire we’d been chasing most of the afternoon wouldn’t jump the road. We slept with the smell of smoke all around us. The campground/hotel there assured us that the place wouldn’t burn down in the night. “We keep the grass short and greener around us so we should be all right” Today we saw a half dozen huge black dust devils perhaps a 100 metres (300 feet) high tracking through the black ash of an earlier fire. And a wall of smoke that looked like a major storm bearing down on us followed us into Derby. The sunset from the wharf was an amazing red, though there was not a real cloud in the sky. (Note the picture of the wharf. It is only 2 hours from high tide but the sea is still a long way below the wharf. Tides are up to 11 metres (36 feet), second highest in the world..


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