Last night , or yesterday afternoon rather, was a toe-ey one for us. We knew this day would come, we just never knew when...it was a matter of time. Fire broke out up around the Dayelsford area. This meant my Aunt, Uncle and all my cousins were at risk. So far the fire is under control. It is a mild day today, but the wind will not be. The whole bush is so bloody dry, just waiting to ignite. Reports on ABC radio suggested the fire moved so quickly, and the trees were gusting with wind at a 45 degree angle... I rang my Aunt, and hubby had his trailer ready with a water storage cube and pump/hose.
My Aunt has my cousin bunkered down there with her 6 children and all of my 6 cousins, ready to protect the place. But, as my Aunt said, "We are not heroes, we have insurance, and our lives are more important than the house". Those words were all I wanted to hear.
I did not sleep well last night, not just because of having come down with a head cold, but because the images of the last fortnight will not go away. I am glad they had a day of mourning for the victims of the worst ever fires, but I had this feeling all the way along that it would not be the last worst fire...there is so much more dry bush areas untouched.
If only "they" would allow people to clear around their houses and beside roads which are the access/exit points from burning properties.. history may have a different scribe.
It is set to be warmer and windier by the end of the week, if this fire is not kept under control you will be reading more about it here.
In the mean time, check out my friend Will's blog for some apt sketches that really make you think.