It seems that every time my husband and I check the news the death toll rises and the devastation is mind-boggling. I have seen many fires having grown up in the Southwestern US. Much of my home town (Los Alamos, New Mexico) burned down a few years ago in a man-made fire, but nothing compares with the loss of life and destruction in the Victorian bush fires. Here in the US, those who wish to donate to the relief efforts should contact their local Red Cross and they will put you in touch with the Red Cross of Australia. We send our prayers to those suffering in this disaster.