19 Feb 2009, 1:33pm
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Bushfire death toll has climbed to 208

Herald Sun, February 19, 2009 [here]

THE bushfire death toll has climbed to 208, as a blaze at Wilsons Prom claimed a quarter of the land in thick bushland.

Police have just revised the toll up from 201 to 208.

The official number of people killed in Marysville was increased from 39 to 45, making it the town with the highest toll.

The five worst hit towns have been Marysville (45), Strathewen (42), Kinglake (37), St Andrews (22) and Steels Creek (10).

Meanwhile, the Wilsons Promontory National Park fire has grown to more than 13,000ha in size, but light winds have allowed firefighters time to strengthen containment lines around the blaze.

The fire has burnt through more than a quarter of Wilsons Promontory and is still out of control in thick bushland.

Firefighters are unable to access the fire so it can be fought only by using one air crane and two smaller water bombers. … [more]



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