I just found out the people that I was worried about in Strathewen are okay. They actually moved to another area just recently and were quite safe.
Strathewen has been just about wiped off the map.
Where they lived is probably now gone.
You can read about ‘The Obliteration of Strathewen’ here http://www.theage.com.au/national/strathewen-like-a-war-zone-20090209-81w0.html?page=-1
Here are some photos that give you an idea of the impact of these fires. What is hard for me to accept is that someone deliberately lit them.