Waking in New South Wales this month has been a slow process of figuring out whether or not the fires have come to your door. The smoke, worse in the mornings usually but increasingly thick at night, has become a familiar presence. On bad days it is inside homes and cars and offices. It could be from down the road or hundreds of kilometres away. On other days it can be hard to tell whether thin, mild smoke is really there or is just a trick of the light. At sunup and sundown, the sky becomes bright orange and red and angry. At night the moon is orange. In Sydney cafes, people wedge the door closed as though they are keeping out the cold, even when it is nearing 30C outside. Will wearing a face mask protect me from bushfire smoke? – explainer Read more Readers have told Guardian […]