Monday, February 9, 2009

The Hotest Day Ever

Well, we are still here. Saturday was the hottest day on record of any capital in Australia. It was a record we would have been happy not to hold. Along with the heat came the winds - hot dry deadly winds. By about 2pm it was clear the state was in trouble. Bush fires were burning across the state. We had fires within 30 minutes of us on three sides but luckily the wind blew the other way and we were never seriously under threat.

It was a tense day though. We stayed inside. listened to the radio, checked the CFA and DSE updates and walked around the house to check for signs of fire. At one stage it became very smoky but it cleared and we were OK.

Our thoughts go out to all those who were not so lucky. The death toll stands at 108 this morning and it is expected to rise. Towns have been wiped out. Marysville was a beautiful little town which we had visited often. Its not that far from here. For all intents and purposes it no longer exists.

Its not over yet, fires are still burning and towns are still being threatened. We will remain vigilant.

I can't imagine what it would be like to lose everything overnight. Many have.

Lets hope the cooler weather enables the fires to be brought under control and there is no further loss of life or property.


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