Today, we're going to reach 35 degrees and the Fire Danger will be very high, which means we are on high alert when it comes to fires around the Ballarat region today.
Everyone is on the edge.
But spare a thought for those going through these fires right now.
The crew from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 509 Wyoming recorded this video showing the moment their truck was overrun by the bushfire burning South of Nowra. The crew was forced to shelter in their truck as the fire front passed through. #NSWFires #ProtectTheIrreplaceable pic.twitter.com/Hb0yVrefi9— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) 31 December 2019
I rang my friend Gen (who lives in Tura Beach- Merimbula) yesterday. She said that a couple of days ago, everyone rushed to the supermarkets to get much needed supplies.
It felt like an apocalypse had just happened.
The sky was black, even though we had blue skies here in Ballarat at the same time.
People were flocking to petrol stations.
And even though they had started to evacuate the tourists first (as calmly as they could), everyone else is on standby ready to leave when the call comes.
Merimbula relies on tourists to survive.
What happens now to towns like this?
My favourite little town Mogo (on the outskirts of Batemans Bay) is gone.
Yes they saved the Mogo zoo, but the town is gone.
Friends in Batemans Bay were lucky that their house was saved, but the neighbours around them have lost their homes.
Cobargo (another favourite) has been razed by fires.
And it's not over.
Victorian premiere Daniel Andrews has declared a 'State of Disaster' across Victoria.
Just look at what's happening in Gippsland.
People stranded on a beach for New Years, waiting to be saved, trapped by fires.
— Brendan (@brendanh_au) 30 December 2019
Francesca Winterson is in a building on the main street of #Mallacoota and describes the wind, darkness and falling embers as fires burn about 500 metres away.— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) 30 December 2019
She says it's too late to leave and fire crews are on hand to offer as much protection as they can. pic.twitter.com/6Tjfb4nyUR
Desperate scenes in Cobargo. One protester yelling at the PM: "How come we only had four trucks to defend our town? This is not fair, we are totally forgotten about down here." #auspol #NSWbushfires @politicsabc— Victoria Pengilley (@vicpengilley) 2 January 2020
Two weeks ago my sister was having champagne on the deck & celebrating buying her first home. She had started painting the walls and planting a garden. Today she returned to Lake Conjola to see what's left of her place - and we're all heartbroken for her. pic.twitter.com/mrLkhbgh7f— Eden Gillespie (@edengillespie) 2 January 2020
EMERGENCY WARNING: Arizona Rd, Charmhaven (Central Coast).— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) 31 December 2019
Crews continue to protect homes around Charmhaven and slow the spread of fire. This photo taken a short time ago from firefighters on the ground. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/dkIj25S8yf
"The locals probably gave him the welcome that he probably deserved. I'd say this to the Prime Minister today, 'the nation wants you to open up the cheque books...'" - Member for Bega @AndrewConstance speaking about @ScottMorrisonMP's visit to Cobargo. https://t.co/mmFXlyG1Zw pic.twitter.com/A687DxxwKz— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) 2 January 2020
We need to make sure this never happens again.
People are gone.
Homes are gone.
Thousand and thousand of animals are gone.
We must figure out how to fix it.
You can visit emergency.vic.gov.au to figure out your fire plan and make sure everyone in the house knows what to do if a fire occurs.