‘Catastrophic’ Bush Fires Create Red Haze Over Sydney Harbour

Devastating bushfires continue to burn across Australia bringing hazardous smoke closer to Sydney.

Dez Blanchfield recorded this video at the Cremorne Point ferry wharf on the evening of December 2. He told Storyful the day started out clear but the haze rolled in and quickly took over the sky.

“Monday started out as a beautiful clear day with bright blue sky and very little coastal clear white puffy cloud in the sky,” he said. “Unfortunately with a change in wind direction, hot, dry, dusty wind arrived.”

He said it only took an hour for the sky to turn a “fire red” and as the sun started to set the sky looked almost “alien.”

Blanchfield explained he lives a short drive from Cremorne Point and was able to capture the “science fiction-like sky and sunset as it perfectly reflected the bushfire situation.”

The New South Wales Rural Fire issued a smoke advisory for Sydney tweeting the smoke was, “being blown from large bush fires in the Blue Mountains and near Warragamba Dam.”

The NSW RFS reported 98 fires burning with 46 not contained on December 4. Credit: Dez Blanchfield via Storyful