Victorian Bushfires Update (Supplement)

My sister said that the petrol station was OK when they first arrived at Kinglake yesterday evening, but was gone this morning.

The fact that the pub at Kinglake is still standing was the subject of much talk at Hurstbridge today!

I should have said something about the communications…

Ruth and I have generally been able to call IN to mobile phones in the fire zone. It is almost impossible for people in the zone to call OUT though. I’m not a communications engineer, but I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that the close mobile towers are destroyed, and all communications are from more distant towers. Why this has this effect, I am unsure. All landlines into the fires zone are gone, so mobiles are the only method of communication. I have found that text messages IN or OUT of the zone are iffy too.

I was asked about the situation in the settlement of Pheasant Creek, which is between Kinglake and Kinglake West. My sister evacuated Kinglake this afternoon and had to drive from Kinglake to Whittlesea through Pheasant Creek and Kinglake West. She said that amazingly Pheasant Creek was still standing – there’s a well-known bakery on the main road that was untouched, and other structures appeared OK. She said all that remained of Kinglake West was “matchsticks” though.

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