Today *could* be the great battle. Let's just hope it doesn't turn out like King's Landing.
The fire is solidly "in my neighbourhood" now, and today has been rated catastrophic. It took Mt. Jellore over the last two days and has started to eat through Spring Hills Road. People we know very well are probably going to lose their homes today. Our own uncertain future lies in the chaotic dance of wind and fire. If the wind is favourable to us, it will be unfavourable to others. If it's favourable to them, we could be screwed.
Late last night I did a runner and drove one ute load of memories and precious items out of harm's way. It's difficult to choose the things you can't possibly bear to lose. Now I'm doubling up on coffee for the long day ahead. The forecast is mid-40s with a wind change in the afternoon/evening. Now it's getting personal. Saving lives is the first priority, and saving our home comes second, but we'll certainly give it our best shot. There is no third.
And lest you think this the penultimate battle, that's not how it works anymore. These fires have yet to be stopped or even contained. If we make it through today unscathed, The fire will be much closer the next time it does a runner.