Here’s one for the readers who are fascinated by Aussie place names. When I took this photo just prior to Christmas, Tangambalanga, Vic was bathed in light smoke from the Sydney bushfires. I was going to use the photo for an entirely different story based around some folks we met last year. Now this pretty dairying centre on the Kiewa River close to Tallangatta has its own fire concerns with fronts on both the south and the east of town.
For overseas readers who wish to get an understanding of the extent of these bushfires, the maps on these Victorian and New South Wales sites are similar to the phone apps we use for our own fire alerts and they give a feeling for the enormity of the devastation in these two states alone.