Victoria bushfires claim four homes, residents told to evacuate

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Lightning and fire at West Wodonga. Photo: Connor Newman, The Border Mail Lightning and fire at West Wodonga. Photo: Connor Newman, The Border Mail
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Lightning and fire at West Wodonga. Photo: Connor Newman, The Border Mail

Lightning and fire at West Wodonga. Photo: Connor Newman, The Border Mail

A shed destroyed by fire in the state’s north-east. Photo: Alexis Daish/Nine News, via Twitter

Smoke from bushfires around Lindsay Park racing stables. Photo: Ben Hayes/Instagram

Firefighters battling the blaze at Wodonga on Tuesday. Photo: Matthew Smithwick/The Border Mail.

Fire in the hills around Wodonga on Tuesday night. Photo: Oliver Young/The Border Mail

Fires in Victoria’s north-east have destroyed at least four homes, as the Longwood fire continues to threaten the rural community around Euroa.

The blaze in rough, dry country at the base of the Strathbogie Ranges, has burnt one home at Gooram, 15 kilometres south of Euroa. The two residents of that home, reported missing early on Wednesday, have since been accounted for.

On Wednesday evening the CFA confirmed another three homes had been lost – two at Creightons Creek, also near Euroa, and one at Lake Rowan, north of Benalla.

Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said it was the 4900 hectare Longwood fire that was causing firefighters the most concern.

At Lindsay Park racing stables near Euroa, the blaze forced horse trainer David Hayes and staff off the property and a scramble to move his prized horses.

A neighbour of Lindsay Park said she could still see smoke and fire around her home at 8.30pm on Wednesday. “We’re staying and hopefully it will go around or be put out,” Kathryn Smith said.

She said that the fire had burnt land and some fencing at the stables, as helicopters dumped water on a nearby ridge.

More than 350 fires started on Monday across the state, most of which were sparked by a band of lightning, and out of those fires just two, all in the north-east, were still going on Wednesday evening. They are:

*4900 hectare Longwood fire south of Euroa. *5200 hectare fire that started from Lake Rowan near Wangaratta and threatened homes at Boweya.

Overnight on Wednesday a 3500 hectare grass fire at Stewarton, north of Benalla, and the 120 hectare fire at West Wodonga were declared under control.

State control centre spokeswoman Kim Payne said the Wodonga fire was now being managed by local teams.

Previously Mr Lapsley had said the blaze fire at the state’s NSW border had the biggest potential to take homes.

“It’s positioned only six kilometres west of Wodonga and if that fire runs, it runs into residential property on the outskirts of Wodonga,” he said.

But that fire was downgraded to an advice warning late Wednesday afternoon after firefighters stopped its spread.

The damage caused by the fires included an estimated loss of 2000 head of stock in the Stewarton and Lake Rowan fires.

Up to 80 people from outlying properties near Wangaratta and Benalla spent Tuesday night in emergency relief centres, more stayed with friends and family in nearby towns. Three schools at Stewarton were closed on Wednesday and major roads, including the Midland Highway, were closed.

However the only relief centre that remained open on Wednesday night was Wangaratta – both Euroa and Benalla were shut for the night.

Thursday still carries a very high fire danger for the state’s west, central and north-east, with temperatures reaching the 30s. However, winds will not be as strong as Tuesday.

“People need to be very conscious of fire in the next 24 hours. It’s not a severe day, it’s not an extreme day, but by the same token, fire will still move around,” Mr Lapsley warned.

“Tomorrow (Thursday) is the next spike day and we move into more benign weather into the weekend and then we see the warm weather come back Sunday, Monday.”

He said that means people need to ensure they know where to get fire information – on the emergency services websites, through the CFA and local ABC radio.

“Ultimately this information is about your safety, where you make a good decision about you and your family’s safety and you make a decision early about where you’re going to go and where is the most appropriate place for you to be,” Mr Lapsley said.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, watch and act messages remained in place for Boweya, Yeerip and Boweya North (Lake Rowan fire) and Ruffy, Creightons Creek, Longwood East and Old Longwood (Creightons Creek fire).

For more information, go to emergency.vic.gov.au.

– With Patrick Bartley

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