The fires in the area are making the air quality really poor. Evacuation orders have been given to friends of mine, everyone is watching nervously. Sadly, several firefighter have now been killed as fires with strong winds have overtaken their positions.
Gina from Australia sent me this list of preparations. After the terrifying fires of 2003, Australians are very familiar with the risks and what to do if fires come near.
She’s also mentioned this:
Good Luck with the fires – have you ever heard of ‘ThermoGel’? From memory it was originally developed in the US to help combat bushfires in California. It can be sprayed on hours before the fire goes through and will at least save the buildings.