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Yesterday/today's godawful Canberra firestorm has taken 4 lives, caused hundreds of nasty injuries, destroyed 400+ properties and wrecked a good part of Canberra's power/sewage network.
Thoughts go to my fellow Canberrans who were affected by this hideous event. The fire front which ripped into Canberra was thirty-three kilometres in length. Needless to say, the ACT and NSW firefighting crews have done a staggering job in the face of incredible odds. A hearty "bless you" to every one of them, and to all those who helped out at the evacuation centres.
Didn't do much here except stay home, cleaning up the roof gutters and garden debris, and generally drenching everything in sight with water. The fire didn't get to our suburb - the main worry was flying embers carried by high winds: the nature reserve near our house caught alight as a result of these.
Fires are still burning around Canberra, but the situation seems to have stabilised. Next few days will be uneasy though, with high temps and strong winds. Let's hope it doesn't get worse than it already has.
Oh, and a strong kick in the balls to all the idiots last night who were out "fire-sightseeing" on the main roads, slowing down emergency crews all over the place.
...and credit where
it is due: ABC radio 666am, for it's fantastic local coverage of the days
events and those who were dealing with it. They well and truly gave us
our 12 cents worth.