In any case, I grabbed the digital camera and captured the fire in its later stages.
So that's our first fire of this season. You may remember last fire season when the hills and gully behind my place caught fire and while we didn't have to evacuate, I suffered from some asthma and the houses not far up from the road from me did have to evacuate. As much as it's nice living out of the cramped suburbia that makes up much of the Gold Coast, the threat of fire makes me nervous. If there's one thing I seriously dislike about the natural Australian weather and environment, it's the high likelihood of forest fires - either naturally or caused by idiots and encouraged by the dry conditions. Often, they're idiots with cigarettes, which is one reason of many why I detest smoking. Seriously, if you're stupid enough to throw a cigarette butt out of your car, please make sure it lands in a place where the only house it has a chance of burning down is your own. In other words, if you're going to be an idiot, make sure your idiocy doesn't affect any innocents who may cross your path.
I'm very much hoping this will be the sole fire of the season and I can spend my last months here before I go up to Brisbane in peace. At least UQ isn't sitting beside a patch of fire-prone woodland!