The hottest day in Melbourneâ€™s history has become one of the blackest bushfire days in Victoria. The township of Marysville â€“ gone. The township of Kinglake â€“ gone. The township of Kinglake West â€“ gone. These would only be regarded as villages in the UK but they were complete communities. Hundreds of houses destroyed and scores of lives lost. Some people left it too late to leave, some made the wrong decision. Unless you have been near one of these bushfires it is impossible to imagine the sheer ferocity. Winds of 80+ mph carrying embers a mile in front of the firefront and starting new spot fires make it very dangerous for the, mainly volunteer, firefighters. And a firefront which is 50 miles wide ! Today the winds and temperatures have dropped but now the fires are so huge they still threaten many townships and will do for the next week at least. Telephone exchanges have been burnt down and power cuts are widespread. Have just heard that farmers are trying to herd their surviving stock and get them to market as they now have no feed or water. We could do with a little snow.