‘Fleeing at the last moment is the worst possible option’

Australian fire zone declared a crime scene
Death toll rises to at least 171; angry PM describes fires as ‘mass murder’

I’d seen a few headlines about the big fires in Australia, but had no idea how serious they were or how many people had been killed.

“What we’ve seen, I think, is that people didn’t have enough time, in some cases,” Victoria Police Commissioner Christine Nixon told a news conference. “We’re finding (bodies) on the side of roads, in cars that crashed.”

The toll is 171 and expected to rise. That is just amazing and tragic.