I woke on Sunday morning and caught the twitter feed and read the news. Kinglake devastated by bushfires, 26 dead, 6 in one vehicle. Over the coming days these were to grow to over 175, with experts thinking over 300.
Shit! My brother in law's family lives up there, that's not fun, that feeling. I called my sister, and her phone rang out... and I started bracing for the worst. Soon, and fortunately, a call came back saying that her husband's family was Ok. They saved their house, but the rest of the property was destroyed.
I had no idea this was just the start of a horrific run of events as the story started to leak out - then FLOOD from the Victorian countryside about just what had been and was still going on.
These photos have just arrived, and I can't belive what I'm seeing. They were trapped, no way in, and no way out, yet they managed to save their house, in the middle of a forest fireball.
The House, No way in, no way out - there it stands. Intact
The Shed, a twisted mess of stuff.
From the back porch, can you believe it's untouched?
Molten Aluminium it needs 660C (1220F) to enter this state.
Tennis could once be played here
Vigilance - it's not over yet. Spot fighting.
It's now being widely recognised that Climate Change driven by our energy habits is contributing towards these furious wildfires. Will we ever get smart?