@brendanh_au describes the quiet at 9am: "Pitch black. The roar of... something. No visible fire but we are sure it’s coming."
Everyone evacuated to wharf to watch and wait...
11:25am: “I think its here. Both the bowling club & the golf club are gone. Gas cylinders exploding. Some houses are gone. Highly likely that my house has gone.”
(At 12:20pm, he learns his house & street are gone.)
Later, the #Bushfire jumped the narrows of the town's lake system and headed north to #Eden in #NSW. Light rain late afternoon was too late for many.
What a way to ring in the New Year. 😢