It is cooler here now - around 28C, but the fires are still burning in the Hills. People keep ringing the radio to tell what happened. We were shocked to hear that one boarding kennels was burnt and all the cats that were boarding were killed in the fire. A lot of the dogs were saved, as they were in another part the fire didn't destroy. People have lost houses, but many have not lost their houses, but all their land is scorched. The fires are burning this way and that in the fireground, as they call it, a huge area of more than 100 kilometres in circumference. Many of the native animals will have lost their homes and perhaps their lives.
I have spent the day relaxing in air-conditioning. Others have not been so fortunate. Fire-fighters have worked non stop and also residents; many have worked all night and day. Teams are arriving tonight from NSW and they will also start to fight the fires tomorrow.
The fire danger will also now move across Victoria, with the excessive heat.
Only a few days of slightly cooler weather until Wednesday, when it will be 38C again. The fire-fighters will continue fighting the fires, hoping that they don't get a lot worse on Wednesday.