Story from a blog reader caught in the fires...
It was a bit of a shock to find that one of our regular readers of SCE was caught up in last Saturday's fires - here is her story:
Thanks for asking - I had a horrible weekend!
Went to Christmas Hills (CH) to pick up the family's two little dogs on Friday eve, to take back to Horsham next day, then all of us went to the Yarra Glen pub to eat (daughter and her defacto,Ross, and my son).
Got back from pub to find 12 yo maltese cross dog had got out and was missing.
Spent time in blasting heat on Sat looking through forest for maltese imagining him dehydrating and dying there. Couldn't find him.
Late Sat afternoon we found there were fires near Yarra Glen
Later daughter walked outside and could hear the fire coming from towards Yarra Glen! It was the most horrible sound, not extremely loud but eerie and menacing, a strange sort of deep rumbling (couldn't see anything as there was a rise in that direction near the house & between the fire)
Panic about staying or leaving.
Daughter and defacto decided to stay. I said I'd go and take the two remaining dogs (extra one belonged to daughter) so they would have less to worry about protecting.
Son & I left along bush track in separate cars.
About this same time the weather change came and the fire no longer continued in their direction.
Houses about 1.5 to 2 km way in the CH area burnt that afternoon or evening (Skyline Road)
I then drove on to Beaufort and stayed there for night in motel, as I had heard the Western Highway might still be blocked because of
Horsham fires, before travelling on to Horsham Sunday.
Pound phoned Monday to say our dog was picked up by a ranger that Sat morning.
My daughter said in any such future situation she would leave, thank goodness. I felt ill leaving her there (her house is surrounded by trees and scrub)
All is well now. No injuries to persons occurred at the Horsham fire these being mainly grass fires rather than forest fires.