Update 9 Feb: There are now 126 people confirmed dead, and the toll is projected to rise about 200.
Any fire reports? Are the Hoydenizens ok? There’s probably no mobile coverage if you are in the affected area, but I’m sending the good vibes out to you on another channel.
They’ve just announced live on Sky that Moiree Naylor, the wife one of the Ch9 newsreaders is one of the
76 84 96 people who have been killed so far, and Brian Naylor himself is unaccounted for. The announcers are getting rather choked up. The Naylors’ son was killed in a plane crash last year. R.I.P. to all those killed by the fires.
[Update: It has been confirmed that Brian Naylor has died already. His tagline was "May your news be good news, and goodnight".]
My thoughts go out to all of the folks and animals affected, and to the fireys and emergency crews working to help them. If you wish to help, the Australian Red Cross would be a good place to start. If you’re healthy and in Victoria, you could also donate blood. Burn victims can require a lot of blood products.
Update: There’s a current Google map here, if you’re outside the danger zone and just looking for information.
[Note: I'd loaded this image from the DSE Fire Situation page in the background before realising that there's a request on it to keep the pageloads to people who need it for safety reasons. Thanks for respecting that.]