As I drove off the Calder Freeway onto Bulla Road this morning on my way to work, I noticed smoke in the distance. Not your average open-fireplace smoke, there was too much for a single fireplace, and not black smoke that you see from a factory or petrol fire. No, this was wood smoke and from a lot of wood, and I mentally noted that it seemed to be coming from the vicinity of my work.

I continued my drive and the uneasy feeling that the fire was close to my work grew stronger. But there was no traffic hold-up, no sirens, no fire trucks………

Until I was within a block of the library.