8 Feb 2009, 1:57am
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Victoria’s bushfire toll hits 76 as fires continue to spread

from The Australian, Feb. 8, 2009 [here]

The death toll from Victoria’s bushfires has risen to 76, amid grave fears for towns in the state’s northeast as fires continue to rage out of control.

Five people died at Flowerdale, two people at Hazeldene and three at Taggerty, while two more people were confirmed dead at Kinglake and a further person died at St Andrews. A person from Yea died in hospital.

The figure surpasses the 47 Victorians that died in the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires.

Lives and buildings remain at risk in the Victorian town of Beechworth, where residents have been told to immediately activate their emergency fire plan - stay and fight or leave - as the Country Fire Authority warned that the wind has shifted and strengthened.

The township of Dederang in the Victorian alpine region was on Sunday coming under attack on two sides from falling embers blowing in from the massive Beechworth blaze in the state’s northeast.

Local grazier and Country Fire Authority volunteer Jack Hicks said the fire threat to the township was escalating through the afternoon. “There’s no actual fire in Dederang at present but we’re coming under attack, ember attack, from both sides,” Mr Hicks said.

Hundreds of homes have already been destroyed and at least 200,000 hectares of land has been burnt out in more than 400 fires in every part of the state over the weekend. … [more]

8 Feb 2009, 12:39pm
by Tallac

Horrible. More words to describe this tragic event escape me.

Prayers to all my Australian friends.



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