The beforemath, and the duringmath.
And now, the aftermath.
The fires are still burning, believe it or not. A few 30-degree days (or 90-degrees, if you're a Fahrenheiter) have made sure that the fires near Kinglake and Yea are still going. 210 lives have now been lost, with more than 500 injuries and many thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. It is statistically the worst natural disaster, the worst peace-time disaster, and the worst bushfire Victoria - and Australia - has ever seen.
The most disgusting thing about these fires is that one of them was purportedly lit by a roadworker who was bored. I am yet to confirm this, but apparently a man got bored of holding the road sign saying "Stop" on one side and "Slow" on the other, and started flicking live cigarette butts at the dry grass just to see what would happen. Apparently he has been arrested, and could (nay, should) be charged with murder.
Since my last log there have been many reports of looters in and around Kinglake, to the point where a sign has been posted in the town, reading "Looters Will Be Shot". Also, millions and millions of dollars have been donated to the victims of the fires. Smoke is still coming over towns in Victoria, and other neighbouring parts of the world (New Zealand got some a few weeks ago).
The only firefighter to be killed so far is a man from the Australian Capital Territory. He was killed when a burnt-out tree fell onto a tanker that he was in. My sympathies go out to his family, as his death was perhaps even more unfortunate than being killed directly by the fire. I also extend deep sympathies to those people who have lost houses, property, and family members.
We must rebuild...