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Monday, February 09, 2009

All Quiet on the Eastern Front

Unlike parts of the Yarra Ranges and country Victoria about an hour north of us, where we live in Upwey and the rest of the Dandenong Ranges are unaffected by the horrible bushfires around Victoria at the moment. There was a small scrub fire in the next town down the hill on Saturday but it was under control pretty quickly.

I know some people have been checking with us, being unsure where we live in relation to the disasters, so wanted to update with our location. Here is a Google map with locations of the fires and where they have been. You can click through and zoom in or out, read town names (we are between Ferny Creek and Belgrave). The other large fire, in Gippsland, is about an hour south-east of us.


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Mostly on Saturday, some towns have basically been destroyed by the fires and the death toll currently stands at 130 confirmed. I believe the most threatening fire at present is near Beechworth, let's hope this cooler weather means the firefighters can make progress. A bunch of bushfire relief appeals have begun to help the people and towns who have lost their homes and loved ones in the disaster - here is a link to one of them.



These pictures are from last Summer, when Sienna and I met my friend Rosie at St Andrews markets. St Andrews is one of the towns that is virtually destroyed now.

We're lucky here.

4 comments:

jane fitchett said...

hi Danni
thank god for so many reasons your part of the world ( and the mornington penninsula ) havent gone up.
St Andrews market is my favourite market in the world, i used to go out weekly when i lived in eltham. ive been gunna gunna go out there for over a year, and you can bet that i will be there with bells on, when they get it going again- which they will!!
cheers
jane

lusi said...

hey mate,
thanks for posting - have been checking and making sure you are ok. thought they were a little way from you but was going to call today if you hadn't posted just to make sure.
how sad about st andrews :( and all the other places that have been wiped out too.
sending love to you,
lus x

Rebecca Vavic said...

Oh Dan... its just awful.
I have been checking google map with you in mind.
I am so relieved to hear from you and know you and yours are okay.
THis is SUCH a tragic time for Australia.
I hold all those families in my thoughts... as if that even helps, but collectively us Aussies are pretty good at rallying and helping where we can.
Big hugs...
Bxo

jane fitchett said...

hi Danni
thank god for so many reasons your part of the world ( and the mornington penninsula ) havent gone up.
St Andrews market is my favourite market in the world, i used to go out weekly when i lived in eltham. ive been gunna gunna go out there for over a year, and you can bet that i will be there with bells on, when they get it going again- which they will!!
cheers
jane