This year however Victoria is threatened by major bushfires burning out of control and with a warm and windy weather predicted the fire services will have tough day ahead.
We went for a drive yesterday to see where the fires have been but as they were still burning many of the roads were closed. We did get to one area where they were mopping up and it was quite amazing to see the destruction - I can never quite fathom the power a fire has.
Several houses and sheds had been destroyed and for most of them all that was left was the corrugated iron roofs bent and crumpled on the ground and the brick fireplace and chimney. Then there was what was left of the bush. The fire had swept through with such heat that much of the bush had been completely burnt - I liken the remnants to a bald head with a few spikey hairs (tree trunks) still standing.
This article tells more. Hopefully today will not bring the devastation that they are expecting (fingers crossed)
Oh and I can't leave without commenting on the champion effort of those out there fighting the fires for us. On our drive yesterday somebody had made a sign that really summed it up - it gave me goosebumps. It read:
Thanks Fireys!! You guys ROCK!!!!