Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.
For some the memories of the bushfires remain very real.
Despite an estimated number of 130,000 emergency workers fighting the flames the Ash Wednesday bushfires swept through Victoria and South Australia.
In Victoria 47 people died and in South Australia 28 people died. Over 2500 people lost their homes.
We spoke with the first academic on the scene to consult those affected, post traumatic stress expert Professor Sandy McFarlane.
Produced by Katrina Berry