It is with a sad heart that I record my thoughts today. Today is Monday. Two days ago, Victoria had the hottest day on record, with fierce northerly winds. The temperature soared to just under 50c - it was 49.8 at our back door at midday.
Unfortunately, due to a previous week of 44c temperatures, the state was extremely dry and all the vegetation had all it's moisture sucked out of it. Perfect conditions for a Bushfire.
And a Bushfire we had.
I say we. About half the state of Victoria was ablaze by 5pm. I am fortunate that although being within 15km of the nearest fire, the wind was blowing away from us and we could see the smoke, but we did not have any embers land on us.
Sunday morning, the horror of the previous day became apparent. Marysville and Kinglake - two communities in the leafy hills were no more. Without warning, these communities were ablaze and many, many people lost their lives. Bunyip State Forest is still ablaze. It will take weeks for the full impact is felt. Loss of lives are measured in 100's - not in dozens. Thousands of families are now homeless. Our firefighters and volunteers are heros.
There are other blogs with far more eloquent words. Here is a photo of the fireclouds as seen from the front of my house looking east at 1:30pm Saturday.
The fire threat is not over. Fires are still burning through the state.