Victorian fires: Towns told to evacuate now
Residents in the state’s north have been told to evacuate now amid extreme bushfire conditions on Saturday.
The evacuation was issued at 6.30am. It said by 11.40am today it may be too late to leave.
“It is strongly recommended that you evacuate now and move to a safer location away from the fire.
“Travel west on the Murray Valley Highway toward Corryong and Tallangatta.”
NORTHERN TOWNS BEING EVACUATED
Relief centres are open at Corryong High School, Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Wodonga at The Cube and Wangaratta Perfoming Arts Centre, an animal relief centre is open at Wangaratta Showgrounds, Golf Link Lane.
Alpine tourist Mecca Bright is all but closed as local residents bunker down for a tense 48 hours.
Amid fears two major fires could meet in the surrounding mountains to form a mega fire late today or tomorrow, campers left the area in droves on Thursday.
Most visitors who stayed the night began hitting the roads from 5am to get out of the area, concerned roads to Bright would be closed later on Friday.
Cafes and shops in the normally bustling streets did not open this morning, while the streets are largely deserted.
Even in the centre of town one home already has a sprinkler going on top of its roof, though there are no immediate warnings or the prescience of emergency services.
Bright’s two supermarkets remain open for residents stocking up on supplies, but there are few other signs of life in the town other than cars passing through from areas deeper in the Alpine National Park.
People in fire affected areas should register with the Red Cross at: register.redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 727 077
By 9.30am about 100 people had been evacuated from Mallacoota.
Two Army LARC-V boats – vessels which have wheels allowing them to roll in and out of the water at speed – are being used in the operation.
Those with young children and pets made up the first wave of evacuees.
Elly and Damien Koster were leaving with their four children and dog.
“We wanted to get out before Saturday,” Mrs Koster said.
“The important thing is to be safe. We want to keep the children safe.”
Originally published as Towns told to evacuate ahead of extreme fire danger