It wasn't not only incredibly HOT yesterday, but thanks to arsonists, it became one of the most terrible fires we ever encountered here. My husband is born here and never saw something like this. We have almost every year bushfires here around, but yesterday was so terrible that we all here are shaken.
Whole communities are wiped out. We were in fear for the house of our Uncle and Aunt, everybody knows someone who had to be evacuated. Our favorite walking area got burned down, lots of houses lost, most likely at least one dead, may be more. All around their are estimated 40 people dead. 26 are confirmed. No clue how much people lost their homes, their belongings - their animals. At the shopping center - before things turned really ugly, I met a woman who was terrified for her horses. The houses, the cattle, the wildlife. I'm not a really weak person, but while I'm writing this, tears are standing in my eyes.
And I wonder, how in heaven can an arsonist live with something like that? Obviously they don't care about the loss of precious possessions, the loss of homes, safety, the loss of things that can't be replaced. The life of animals they don't care much about either. But how in heaven can you live with the knowledge you killed people? I don't think an "oopsie" will do. Boy I hope they get them and put them for long long years to come in jail.
We are safe here, be it that our oldest daughter wasn't able to come home. The highway is closed down, so are most of the other roads out of town, trains don't run either. And everything is filthy with black soot.
20 Minutes later it was dark. While there should be normal daylight still
The next morning