We went up Ridge Road last night, which is near here and affords an almost 360 degree view of the Warburton mountains through the city and down to Pakenham. Pakky was obscured by trees. It was so scary. I've lived in many of the places affected and have many friends and acquaintances there too. The fire glow from what must have been the Marysville-Narbethong section was apocalyptic. We could see fire from King Lake, and we're probably, I dunno, 60-80k away?
One of my closest friends (Jenny) moved from King Lake to Far North Queensland and they have floods there now. I want to ring Jen, but there are six or more fatalities from King Lake and maybe her friends will try to ring her.
The thing that's freaky is that you know that something must happen on a day like yesterday. And if the extreme dry and lightening don't start it, arsonists will.