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Fire ravages South Eastern Australia

More than 200 fire burnt out-of-control across the state of Victoria in South Eastern Australia, following three days of temperatures over 40C and winds up to 100 km/hr.

The largest of the fires was in the Indigo Valley near Wodonga where 10,500 hectares were burnt. The fire was spotting 4 kilometres ahead of the fire front due to the strong wind. A cool change, a large air fleet and support from the New South wales rural fire service helped contain the fire.

In other parts of the State, 12 homes and 23 sheds were destroyed by fire and two houses were badly damaged in Scotsburn, 15 kilometres south of Ballarat following a 4,000-hectare fire.

The fire started on Saturday in Scotsburn and ran south quickly, with support from a hot northerly breeze.

As well as homes and sheds, the Scotsburn blaze burnt out cars, tractors, trailers, fences, chook yards and more.

More than 300 firefighters were deployed, along with 12 aircraft, including a DC-10 from Sydney and air tankers from Canberra. Bulldozers worked on properties to create “earth breaks”, while crews battled spot fires.

Cool Changes and rain have helped contain most of these fires.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor