Seven kilometres from our house, 4 people lost their lives in Victoria's worst-ever bushfires.
In the township of Kinglake, a mere 30km away, at least 12 people are dead and the town may have been more or less wiped off the map - it's so bad that even the emergency services can't get in yet.
We've been on high alert since yesterday afternoon but so far, thank God, all is OK. There was a small grass fire two streets away but fortunately the local CFA - which is just a few hundred metres away - managed to get it quickly under control. Today the wind has turned in our favour and the temperature has dropped (we reached a record 46.4 degrees Celsius - 115 degree Fahrenheit in the shade yesterday) - all we can do is pray for proper rain now.
Technology is both wonderful and terrible - as well as tuning into ABC radio, we can checkout the CFA updates and someone has even plotted all the fires on a Google map.