I saw one of the most scary sights I have ever seen on the way home last night. The hills were glowing red and orange, with the occasional yellow tongue of flame leaping high. The council had planned another controlled burn, this time not that far from my house (two small suburbs away). I hope I never have to see an uncontrolled fire burning in these hills! I guess I won't be walking home any time soon. I think the back-burning throughout the Dandenong ranges was planned throughout April, May and June this year.
Many other houses in the area were adding to the pall of smoke over the hills, because burning off is still permitted. I don't know whether the recent introduction of a green waste collection will help to reduce the smoke levels on permitted burn-off days.