While there will be many heartwarming images and stories of amazing courage and survival I am afraid that it is not over yet.
I am sitting helpless and yet safe (I think) only a few kilometres from the fires and yet here I am on RFF becasue I'm coming close to overload. 4 friends have survived somehow, but work colleagues are gone. The grief is as thick as the smoke.
I am becoming cynical about the inanity, insensitivity and intrusiveness of certain commercial TV media. A microphone and camera thrust into the face of man trapped for 3 days with his dead family in the ruins of his home "so tell us how you feel.."
The circling media helicopters like vultures for a scrap of a story, their rotor beats like the water bombing helicopters traumatising the survivors like Vietnam Vets must experience.
But we can help in a small way - if you wish to reach out to another human being, across the valley or across the world please consider: Australian Bushfire Donation through Red Cross
If you can face local newsprint coverage The Age