Just received this email from classmate Stephen Jennings, regarding the Aussie bush fires;
Thanks for your good wishes. I am living in Perth now so am well away from the terrible Eastern States fires. There have been fires to the north and south of Perth but all under control now. I am a little concerned about a bush block I have in Porongurup and plan to get down there soon to check the fire breaks. No house there however. Food supplies coming by truck to W.A. from the east across the Nullabor are currently blocked due to fires which will start to affect our prices. So far the main impact on me has been non-delivery of my Guardian Weekly from the Sydney printers!