The new blazes come just weeks after a heatwave triggered
fires around south-eastern Australia. Photo Reuters
Up to 10 homes have been lost in fires in outer
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley says up to 10 homes
have been lost in Warrandyte, Mickleham/Craigieburn and
Gisborne but there have been no significant injuries or
Mr Lapsley said preliminary estimates were that fewer than 10
properties had been lost in the three outer metropolitan
"The preliminary would say less than 10 and we'll see what
comes as the fires are actually brought to a containment and
we can get in and have a proper look at what those impacts
are," he told ABC TV.
He said the Sunday afternoon fires were very intense and
fast-moving, fanned by strong winds.
Kangaroo Ground incident controller Chris Hardman said the
Mickleham fire was a very hard, fast-moving grassfire.
"The wind change complicated firefighting efforts and the
impact has resulted in the loss of several homes and assets,"
Mr Hardman said.
He said there had been early reports as many as three houses
had been razed, and another damaged, in the Warrandyte area.
Crews have contained the 10-hectare fire that started in the
middle of a residential area in Warrandyte at lunchtime on
Sunday but several houses have been destroyed, he said.
"Even though this fire was contained at 10 hectares there
have been some terrible losses and heartache for the local
community to deal with," Mr Hardman said.
He said crews would continue to monitor and patrol the fire.
More than 350 firefighters and 60 trucks battled the two
fires in Mickleham and Warrandyte, while 126 trucks fought
the 3000-hectare fire in Gisborne.
Premier Denis Napthine said there was help available for
people impacted by blazes.
"The Victorian government has an assistant package in place
that will be rolled out immediately for those people who have
lost their homes," Dr Napthine said.
"There are family assistance packages.
"We'll also provide assistance for those who have been
relocated because of the fire threat."
One home has been lost in the fire at Gisborne and Riddells
Creek, north of Melbourne.
The fire was contained on Sunday night, but incident
controller John Deering said the community should remain
"Gusty winds, high temperatures and bone-dry vegetation made
fighting this fire difficult," Mr Deering said.
"We have one confirmed report of a house lost and will make
further assessments of any other property or stock losses as
it becomes safe to do so."
About 220 firefighters, more than 40 firefighting vehicles
plus three water bombing aircraft worked on the Gisborne