We woke up this morning to the news that at least 25 people have died in bushfires in Victoria yesterday. The fires are still burning, and officials are expecting to find more bodies today. Six people died in one car which you would have to think is a whole family.
There are also fires burning near Sydney.
There are no fires near me, but I do know a lot of people who provide support to firefighters, and I pay a lot of people who live in the affected areas.
It appears as though there is a town called Marysville near Melbourne where 90% of the town have been destroyed, including shops, homes and the local police station.
Edited to add: I just got a phone call to say that the mother of one of the victims works with one of my family members. He died in his car along with his best friend and fiancee. His dad had a property in the worst affected area, but is working overseas, so the man who died went to try and save the property, and instead lost his life.
I know that I don't know them, but it does feel even closer to home than it did before.