I've not been affected.
My girlfriends parents evacuated over the weekend, and she was going to stay with them next week. We'll see what happens.
My brother has some mates who were on a church camp in Marysville (town that was completely decimated). They heard an announcement over the PA "the fire is 20 km away, we should be alright", just as that was ending another one came over "the fire is 6 km away, if it hits us we'll weather it out on the golf course", then a third: "Everyone evacuate in convoy".
The entire town disappeared. Completely. The camp they were at was razed to the ground. The golf course is black.
We're glad they made it, but the toll has been massive. It's been good to see Kevin Rudd (our PM) hugging people, and a massive response in aid from groups like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. We only hope the toll doesn't rise and the people who have lost everything find the strength to rebuild.
Wishing I was Stanton Moore...