We spent a couple of days in rural Victoria last week.
A strong, not wind was blowing, it felt like a nor wester at home, but the fire danger was low. Pastures were green and lush with spring growth and dams were full.
But blackened trees showed where bush fires had raged and our hosts told us of days spent fire fighting as their farms and homes were threatened.
They were counting their blessings as they listened to news of fires further north.
Mass forced evacuations affecting tens of thousands of people are possible as hotter and drier than expected conditions combine with huge fire fronts already burning.
”This is not out of the realms of possibility,” NSW Rural Fire Services Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. ”We are expecting the potential for the series of these fires to come together, to extend right down Bells Line of Road.
”They have the very real potential to go right out to the eastern end of the Hawkesbury, right down into the north-west area of Sydney including Richmond. . .
The Sydney Morning Herald has live updates.