On the way to the car parts place at Keperra, I noticed a large quantity of smoke on the side of the Samford Range, up near Bygott's Road. So obviously on the way back home I had to make a detour to check it out.

As it turned out, it was a controlled burn off, being actively patrolled by rangers. I drove down the dirt road next to the burn off and jumped out here and there to take photos (as one does).

This shot shows just how much smoke was about. The road follows the line of power line poles.

I only jumped out of the car for small periods of time since the smoke was very thick and tended to make my throat sore after a while.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 4th April 2007, This photo: 1:38pm

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  • horstgeorg said:
    Very moody shot, well done David !

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  • Clearskies Images said:
    Very nicely done David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Horst :) It was one of those times you just need to go and see for yourself.

    Thanks Cecily. The smoke was the most impressive part, since the fire, being a burn off, was very low and not at all impressive.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Ok, this is a lot of smoke, so I can see why it got you interested ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep - you could see it right across the valley. And being a bit of a pyro, I had to go check it out.
  • Margot- said:
    That was a dangerous thing to do since you could have fainted.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's possible Margot, but unlikely. I've been around bushfires much worse than that little burn-off. Yes, prolonged smoke inhalation is bad, but the short bursts I exposed myself too were fine.