Bad news today, the fires seem to be taking hold again and spreading closer to Melbourne. The fires near my parents are flaring up again and they can once more see flames from their house. Additionally another fire is buring in Upwey where our friends have only moved in the last few months. We haven't yet spoken to them but we know with three small children, and a weatherboard house surrounded by huge gums, they would have left early.
Families are being evacuated to relief centres in Knox and Lilydale, only about 10 minutes drive from where we live. Don't misunderstand me, we're not in danger, but it's so close to us that it's almost unbelievable. It makes me feel more than a little sick, for those waiting for it to either leave or consume their homes, but also for the firefighters who are fighting tirelessly and ceaselessly with no end in sight, I feel for them, the enormity of what they face, it's so ghastly.