This photo was taken on "Black Saturday" Feb 7th 2009.
It was taken from a large shopping centre rooftop carpark in Doncaster in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
You are looking towrds Kinglake, which is approxiamatley 40kms from where the photo was taken. The firefront was about 45kms wide at this point.
Today is the 26th of Feb 2009 and this fire is still burning. It has spread north now and is threatening the area around Lake Eildon.
This is where our family goes for holidays. Tim's parent have property up there and we store our ski boat, jet ski's and fishing boat in a shed up next to the lake.
From today all access to Eildon will be closed, as the conditions tomorrow will be terrible. Hot strong winds and temps of 38 - 40c expected.
There are still 6 major fires still burning, with the firefront on this fire now more than 100kms wide.
There are 5500 firefighters trying to work towards getting these fires under control.
These firefighters ar exhausted after working long shifts for days on end.
Heaven only knows when this will end.
God bless the CFA and everyone else helping them fight these fires.
Jo, Miss Ellie and Baz