‘Debilitating’: health impacts of smoke from Australia’s black summer bushfires revealed in study

The film-maker Shaun Humphreys vividly remembers the miserable summer of the 2019-20 bushfires.

His house, in a north Canberra suburb, was far from the burning fires, but the surrounding smoke was thick and stifling.

“When it first hit and we weren’t so savvy at managing the house and making sure that every window was completely airtight … you could see the smoke inside.”

Hunkered down with his partner, the film-maker Vivienne O’Connell, and teenage children, Humphreys and his family bought air purifiers and watched “movies that remind[ed] us of the cold”.