Yes Beans, it has been less than nice, but this is not unusual, Oz can be a tough place. We had bushfires in the area first, before they moved south. It is mostly the very large national parks with thousands of acres that are locked up & very overgrown with scrub where the fires are starting. We had less than a mile visibility for a month or so due to smoke. The drought has dried everything out set for fire.
No danger of that around here. It is mostly small holdings, 5 to 30 acres, that are usually overstocked with horses. In this drought we had one old retired horse eat our 15 acers right to the ground. Nothing left to burn for many miles.
Suddenly we get 7 inches, actually 185mm in a week, & everything looks green again. Rain water tanks are full, the river, dry for 3 months, is running again, & there is a couple of feet in the dam.
This one wasn't too bad. After the last big storm a couple of years back, it took about 15 Neighbors with chain saws about 3 hours to clear enough of the 6 fallen trees across the road, so family could get home or out.