Visited friends in Melbourne last week and saw first hand the aftermath of the fires near Healesville. These folks stayed and successfully defended their mud brick house but they were somewhat traumatised by the experience.
The fire came right up to the house as you can see.
The flames were double the height of the trees as the front approached.
One, rather morbid, observation was that cars containing people who had died could be seen at a distance because they often had hand prints visible on the inside of the windscreen.
My friends were very prepared and we'd often talked about the fire plan. Next time I think they won't stay.