My brother down the coast nearly got caught badly the other day. They were in the "catastrophic" danger zone and were told to evacuate, but the fires moved so fast the roads were cut before more than a few folk got out! The message then came to bunker down & prepare to fight. He said that is the scariest message he has ever received.
Fortunately for our family, the firestorm came close but they suffered no real damage other than a shed in the field.
He said it was like the "big waves" you see in Hawaii & such places, just rolling through paddocks and bushland; but waves of fire, not water!
46 degrees but no fires here. They do call us "the great brown land". Still, we are Aussies, we will give all we can of ourselves and our possessions to help those who face devastation in this and then we will rebuild and carry on.
Thanks for your thoughts.