Patrina Jones Reflects On One Of Victoria's Darkest Days
Ceremonies have taken place across the state today as we mark the ten year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires.
173 people lost their lives in the 2009 disaster when fires burned through more than 450,000 hectares of land and destroyed thousands of homes. 78 towns across Victoria were ravaged with Flowerdale, Kinglake and Marysville some of the worst hit areas.
Thousands of firefighters worked days on end battling the several blazes that started on February 7, while thousands more donated their time and money to help rebuild.
Today, several communities are coming together to reflect on the past decade, while also saying 'thank-you' to the people who helped in overcoming the tragedy.
Gold 104.3 & Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show Newsreader Patrina Jones has reflected back on Saturday in an interview with Radio Today, saying “I recall the sky was an apocalyptic shade of orange and the streets were eerily still, even in the CBD.''
''It was as though we were bracing for what seemed to be an inevitable emergency.''
''But of course, it was far worse than any of us could have ever imagined.''
''I remember the eyewitness accounts of “it was raining fire” and the white crosses at the end of driveways, signifying the loss of life that seemed more attuned to medieval times, not modern day Victoria.''
''I had to push aside the feeling of becoming overwhelmed by the rising death toll, as we were presenting news updates every quarter hour.”
An exhibition remembering the bushfires is now open at Melbourne Museum.