Electricity is limited & intermittent, but as the Moruya Hospital needs grid-connection (generator only had about a day's diesel left) the electricians and others did a fantastic job of getting services working again. Moruya Evacuation Centre allowed charging of phones or devices to enable communications and this also helps put less strain on 'find people' and what's happening where' websites. The intense scale of fires means keeping fire websites sufficiently updated is an impossible task.
Southerly winds on Saturday night from south east across the water rather than from fires in the south west. Our house has survived its second emergency day in less than a week. 😊
Earlier that day my husband stayed at home to put check for spot fires. While I, along with my 93yr old Dad-in-law and his 17 yr old dog went to the Moruya evacuation centre, & found a place to park. Friends had a van (no tents allowed to reduce risk of spot fires taking hold) so we set up our blow-up mattress under the van's annex instead of sleeping in our car. The dog, confused and fretting with no normal routine, unwound his tethered lead and ran away and I only realised he was missing when at 2.30ish am I took Dad for one of his late night walks to toilets. I went looking for the dog, tripped over the 'only tuft of grass for kilometres' in the evac centre's temporary campground and fell heavily. My leg and foot were misshapen, an ambulance was called and I was taken to Moruya Hospital. Swollen & bruised left foot, right shin, right hand and finger (xrays came on at 10am, insufficient power for CT or other scans) Left ankle & right shin fortunately showed no broken bones. With fire threat diminished I was home just after midday Sunday.
In the Emergency Department instead of people just waiting we conversed, mainly where are you from, what's happened there? Many stories of loss.
Now it's overcast, orange grey sky & smoke, lots of ash & burnt leaves. Just waiting and hoping for rain.
Dad's dog was found by an evacuee about 9am and reunited with him.
After surviving the 31 December fire threats, fires loomed very close and ferocious last Saturday (4 Jan). At 7.30am looking north at the top of our street beyond Moruya River the photo shows the southern part of Currowan/Bimbimbie fire before it advanced to Mogendoura and Polwombra later in the day and across to the coast. To the left of photo Bimbimbie, Broulee fires and near Moruya Airport.
Many thanks to firies & SES for their dedication beyond exhaustion and what might be happening to their own houses and property.
Thanks also to Moruya Evacuation Centre & volunteers.
Electricity (went out Tues 8.30am) restored to Moruya late last night. Our electronics are charging. Limited internet & phone reception here. Other places none at all since 29/30 Dec. Three cars packed. Mick and I staying in Moruya - don't want to be trapped in a 'carpark' of roads out, we're at home until we feel it is advisable to leave with 93 yr old father-in-law Jeff, Ruski dog, neighbour from Tomakin. We will all go to the Bowling Club grassed area (others there including a man with his goats). No RFS update so relying on smell, ash/embers falling, and changes in colour of sky and sounds for our info. Pray to the water spirits for drenching rain everywhere, continue praying for safety and strength of everyone involved in fires throughout Australia, and that action rather than ideology becomes the new norm for the various Federal and State decision-makers. https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au