Many of us are affected, or close to being affected, or know someone who has suffered, so rather than going “off topic” with other threads, I thought a new thread would keep it altogether. Has to be the worst fire season ever recorded, and methods of fire fighting, used for decades, are just not working this time around. Adding to the problem, is the ongoing drought, the unkind weather, and the actual amount of serious fires ongoing simultaneously. Where in the past, you could easily bring in crews, trucks and aircraft from other parts of a state, and interstate to assist in the battle, this time resources are spread so wide, that it’s made it all the more dire, this season. The fires themselves, are also a very different animal this season - 70 metre + flame heights, simultaneous combustion as they crown, winds pushing fires faster than vehicles, and weather patterns being created by the fires themselves, like pyro cumulus fire tornados, that can lift an 8 tonne fire truck off the ground, and drop it back to earth with fatal results for the occupants, is unprecedented. I’m keen to know that @JaneC & @Hutchie are OK. Both have fires very near them, and I hope they are / will be spared direct impact. I had a long chat with Paul, @Ninga , and we have a similar attitude - rather give it a red hot go, than do nothing. It will either work, or not, but you have to try.