Some entire townships have been destroyed. It sounds like most who died (official toll up to 65 people and growing... 700+ homes) are those who stayed to defend their properties. People in the countryside generally have Fire Plans in place beforehand... I suspect after the ferocity of this fire, people might be a little more conservative with their plans. Even those who take "every precaution" have had their houses ravaged.
Even now we've got someone at our house whose father is a firefighter and she was in and around the areas at the time. A lot of people affected.
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