My parents live in Healesville, which is only 40 minutes door to door from our house to theirs. Tonight they are on high alert of fires within about 10 minutes from their house. The danger is apparently low at this time, so they're at home prepared with papers, clothes and essentials packed in the car. The house has towels and buckets at doors and windows, mops and brooms at the ready, water filled in buckets, watering cans, sinks.
When you stand on their back verandah you can see a mountain to the left and to the right and they are both glowing red. Mum said that on Saturday you could actually see the flames but tonight they're just glowing red. The names you're reading in the papers, the places that have been so affected, Kinglake, St Andrews, Dixons Creek, Chum Creek, Toolangi, Narbethong, you can see on this map, they're close. Yet the idea of Healesville burning seems as unlikely as Blackburn burning, completely impossible.
I wanted them to come and stay here tonight, but they don't sound worried, so I won't be either.