I’ve had some emails and texts from people this morning wanting to know how Mike and Claire are doing – their house [at Chum Creek] is under urgent threat again from the Healesville complex fire. I last heard from Mike at around midnight when things were ‘ok so far’. Hodges Road was mentioned on the radio this morning as being under significant ember attack. This is a really scary time.
The fires started in that area 4 days ago. It’s hard to comprehend what the levels of exhaustion must be. I suspect it’s been four days with little, or no, sleep for people in that area.
Update: just as I posted this I got an email from Mike with this photo [but no message!]. I think, from looking at it, that it’s the paddock out the back of their place.
Update number 3 from Mike, lifted from the comments below: Elvis is in the building. At last.