These fires are approx a 10 minute drive from my house. When I went into town last night, the sky was glowing that erie orange glow... the one that makes your heart sink and tears fill the eyes. You could sense the heat and intense massiveness of the situation just by looking at the glowing ring in the night sky.
The fires have been raging since about 3 pm yesterday. There is a high possibility (according to local media) that they have intentionally been set. No homes have had to be evacuated as of 7 am today, but the winds have picked up again, and now black smoke is creating a thick wall of despair thru the sky. When I left for work this morning only 8 fire units were on site, whereas at 6 pm last night, the news I heard in town was that 15 trucks had been on attendance. So sad.. so many homes to people and wildlife. Over 500 acres of bushland has burned, and the fire is still continuing to threaten homes and spreading. As of this morning, no homes have been destroyed, but they are still at risk.
Thoughts to all of you involved.