Many people in the township of Springwood and the suburb of Winmalee lost their homes but, as far as we are aware, there has been no loss of life.
The photo below was taken by WM from our front yard, looking west towards the mountains. The tree is in the back yard of the house behind our neighbours across the road, maybe eighty metres away from our front door. The two major fires are in the mountains across the river; the closest one (at Winmalee) is a distance of about twelve kilometres (7.5 miles) in a straight line -- much further to drive!
Please pray for the safety of the fire-fighters (a friend of ours is one of them) and for those who have lost their homes. And please pray for no more fires -- bushfire season is October to March and there has been too much devastation already!