Thank you Rog. Most of the AU population is more or less coastal but the temperatures are still brutal. At my new home it's only 90F but where I lived in Sydney was a smidgin under 117F this afternoon. The Sydney suburb of Penrith reached 120 degrees and apparently was the hottest place recorded on the planet yesterday. I can't imagine what it's like on the south east coast where they've currently got the temps and the fires.
Yes, that's true. Not sure if he was in the truck at the time or on the ground but it was an 8 tonne truck.
Australia does regularly burn but this is a bad one. I'm hearing of fire damage and lost homes in towns that you never hear of in association with fire. Fires have leapt from the forest into the main streets of towns such as Cobargo, where we'd normally stop for lunch while motorcycling down south.
My friend at Lake Conjola lost his 3 bedroom holiday home and 2 boats. I queried him as he's not that close to the bush. Apparently one house in the street was close, caught fire and it dominoed destroying 18 of the 20 homes in the street. His neighbour defended his own home 'til around 2 in the morning when the town water pressure gave out. He donned a life jacket and jumped in the lake to sit out the fire while the street burned.