Several homes have been razed by a bushfire in Victoria's
east and four firefighters were involved in a burn-over in
the Glenmaggie area.
The blaze, which started in Aberfeldy, had grown from about
950 hectares at 7pm (AEDT) last night to 25,000 hectares late
A southwesterly wind change means the fire is now moving in a
An updated CFA emergency warning was issued this morning for
Lake Glenmaggie, Dawson, Glenmaggie, Heyfield and Seaton. The
fire is moving through these areas now.
Incident controller Laurie Jeremiah said several properties
had been destroyed but he was unable to confirm the exact
number or locations.
"A number of the spot fires in and around Seaton and
Glenmaggie are now joining up so we have many, many
properties that we now need to do an inspection of to make
sure everybody's accounted for," he told ABC Radio.
A family had to rescued from their Seaton property, ABC
They were safe but their home was destroyed.
A State Control Centre spokeswoman said she could confirm one
home had been lost but not its location.
She said four firefighters had to take shelter in their truck
as the Glenmaggie blaze passed over them.
"They are all okay," she told AAP.
"They would have been working around the fire front and just
in the wrong place at the wrong time."
The fire truck was still able to be used, she said.
A spot fire at nearby Coongulla has been contained but the
town was bracing for further break-outs.
"If there is one spot fire then I'm expecting there will be
more," Mr Jeremiah said.
About 60km to the north, the tiny township of Licola is
isolated. Flames surround the town and have cut off the only
road in and out.
Residents still in Licola have been advised of shelter
options including private bunkers, neighbourhood safe places
or bodies of water, such as dams.
Licola Wilderness Village program manager Cherry Wake said 61
children and 15 adults left the holiday village, which has a
school adventure camp and caravan park, on Thursday night.
About 10 staff and 20 caravan park residents remained in the
village, Ms Wake said.
"We're all pretty calm. We've prepared as much as we can,
It's (now) sit and wait."
Half the residents in the area are CFA trained and
fire-ready, Ms Wake said.
"We're feeling as prepared as we can be.
"We're trying to keep things moist, got sprinklers on and
manning the phones."