Ive heard that Bendigo has lost 100 homes ,the Scweppes center and Spotlight [my work] and there are casualties.... I am very worried about a lot of workmates and their homes.
Dont know if its all true yet but we were so close to losing it all too , just that the wind went in the opposite direction and fanned it into the city.
*EDIT* I have since found out that the Scweppes center and spotlight complex is ok , but the fire burnt right to the back wall and it has soot and smoke damage. No one that i knew has suffered any loss but one poor person has died here. They still havent contained it and it was threatening a housing estate last i heard.
We could smell the smoke at work and at about 4.30 it got quite smoky inside the shop . It was the most awful day, ferocious winds and 45 c heat.
When i knocked off at 5pm we had to detour to get home.The roadblock was at the Schweppes center which an hour or so later was supposedly gone.
Hubby and Lucy went out to to feed and check on the horses and help John implement his fire plan.... They could see the fire not 1.5 kms away but the wind was blowing it away from them. We're about a km from there. If it had gotten into the bush, all this area would have gone up too. so scary, and im sad to say our fire plan was non existant. I gathered up all the photos and albums which were all over the house, but i was more concerned about how we get all our animals out.
It seems like most of the state is on fire with entire towns wiped out. It seems you know someone from every area and hope that they are safe. Lots of areas are without power too.... The fire burning around Beechworth could bring all a lot of victorias energy to a halt if it gets into the powerlines. These are just the worst fires , ever....
and in this economic climate it will be a long road back.
I so feel for all the people who have lost loved ones , their homes and animals.
And the loss of wildlife , specially the slower animals like Koalas , they dont have a chance.
Not that anyone or anything would because the wind just fanned it on so quickly. So far the death toll stands at 25 but sadly the authorities are expecting it to rise.
Keep safe everyone and hope our wonderful firies can get it under control.
And get your fire plan organised.
thats what i am doing today.