Wildfire destroys homes in Australia

Wildfire destroys homes in Australia

27 March 2013

published by www.telegraph.co.uk

Australia — A wildfire raging out of control in Australia’s Victoria state has burned at least two homes and injured four people including three firefighters, according to local media.

The fire has so far burned about 2965 acres of land near the Australian town of Dereel, west of Melbourne, and the Country Fire Authority has issued an emergency warning for the area.

“We’ve got an emergency warning out to all the residents. They would’ve been…told over the radio that the fire is nearby and you could be impacted imminently. Whatever fire plans they have in place, they…should have activated it by now. If they haven’t, they need to be really, really conscious of their situation,” the state Country Fire Authority’s Brendan Lawson said.

Three firefighters and a local resident injured in the blaze have been taken to hospital, according to local media.

About 60 fire trucks and several water bombing aircraft have been brought in to help fight the blaze.

The fire is being fanned by strong winds and officials said more homes remain under threat.

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