Strong winds and challenging weather conditions have sparked bushfire emergency warnings in Victoria.
The Country Fire Authority currently has emergency warnings in place for Boweya, Mount Bruno, Boweya North, Strathbogie South, Strathbogie, Kithbrook, Kelvin View, Gooram, Creightons Creek, Goorambat, Chesney, Devenish, Chesney Vale, Winton North, Bungeet and Bungeet West in Victoria.Watch and act alerts are also current for West Wodonga, Wodonga, Killawarra, Wangandary, Waldara, Wangaratta South.
Fire fighters have made good progress in their battle against a large grass fire heading towards the Victorian town of West Wodonga.The community has been on high alert all day due to hot, dry and windy conditions. Firefighters have used large water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery to build a fire retardant to protect homes just six kilometres from the blaze.
With temperatures and winds easing in the area by Tuesday evening the CFA says it is comfortable that houses will not be affected by the blaze overnight.Residents in Strathbogie South, Strathbogie, Kithbrook, Kelvin View, Gooram and Creightons Creek have been told they are in immediate danger and to move to a relief centre in Euroa if it was safe to do so.
Unpredictable weather conditions on Tuesday evening will cause the fire behaviour to become erratic and fire fighters are continuing their efforts in difficult terrain, the CFA said.Chesney Vale, Winton North, Goorambat, Chesney and Devenish residents have been told that leaving was their safest option before conditions became dangerous due to large fast moving out-of-control grass fires.A relief centre has been set up in Benalla.