Australia — VICTORIA’S fire crisis has eased, but the death of a woman in the Grampians has reopened the debate about forced evacuations. A Watch and Act alert has been downgraded for residents on the outskirts of Stawell after an out-of-control fire jumped containment lines.
An Advice alert for Black Range and Stawell was issued before 6.30am after firefighters stopped the spread of fire about 7km south of Stawell.
A Watch and Act alerts remains in place for residents in Goongerah in the state’s east as a number of bushfires burn out of control to the southeast and west of the town.
Power has been shut off in the town after fire hit power lines. Bonang Rd is closed except to local and emergency vehicles.
Residents are urged to stay close to shelter.
As the fire threat eased across Victoria, neighbours revealed Barb Pleasant, 78, had vowed she would survive in a purpose-built, underground house in the northern Grampians.