Beautiful morning in Bendigo today. A mostly sunny afternoon with a maximum of 30 degrees. Amazing!
Running on time.
More homes threatened as hope for rain recede
Fires were threatening more homes in Blue Mountains villages on Saturday night as western Sydney faced blisteringly hot weather forecasts and residents from devastated towns came to terms with the loss of more than 200 houses.
As blazes raged for a third day, fires near Springwood and the Bells Line of Road were set to emergency status early on Saturday, but later downgraded to watch and act. Houses came under threat in Bell, Dargan, Berambing and Bilpin.
Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers told residents in the villages on Saturday afternoon that it was too late to leave their properties and they should take shelter as the firefront approached.
''This fire is by no means contained. It's got absolutely kilometres and kilometres of fire front,'' he said.
WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY
Reporter Josh Fagan will head out to the Brigewater Wool Wine and Wheat Festival today. There'll be sheep shearing and wine tasting, and plenty of sunshine for everyone involved.
On the way, he will visit Maiden Gully, where Damien Drum MLC will hand-over keys for three vehicles to Maiden Gully Fire Brigade.
We'll also be heading to the Spirituality by the Lake Festival, on from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, to find out all about meaning in our life and hear from some impressive panelists.
Happy birthday if your birthday is today! You share your day with Michael Gambon, Trey Parker and Colton Dixon.
ON THIS DAY...
1932 - British government signs trade agreement with Soviet Union
1960 - Martin Luther King Jr arrested in Atlanta sit-in
2005 - Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
JOKE OF THE DAY
What did Obi-Wan say to Luke at the breakfast table?
"Use the fork, Luke."
Have a good day Bendigo! Enjoy that glorious sunshine!