During our first two weeks back in Alice Springs there were numerous bushfires close to town. The air was filled with ash, making it seem cloudy when it wasn't. A lot of people had breathing difficulties and the fires are causing pneumonia in native animals (read more about that here). While the fires around town have calmed down somewhat, bushfires still rage out near the Plenty Highway. It is estimated that 20% of pastoral land south of Tennant Creek has burned and this figure doesn't include non-pastoral land. Scary stuff.