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.”

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media_cameraCrews monitor fires and begin back burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
The first of the Navy landing boats take a group of people from Mallacoota to the ships. Picture: David Cairdpacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraThe first of the Navy landing boats take a group of people from Mallacoota to the ships. Picture: David Caird

NORTHERN TOWNS BEING EVACUATED

Biggara

Tintaldra

Towong

Towong Upper

Walwa

Nariel Valley

Lucyvale

Berringama

Koetong

Shelley

Burrowye

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.

Think smoke from bushfires fills the air in East Gippsland. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Imagespacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1578008704_399_Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraThink smoke from bushfires fills the air in East Gippsland. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Roadblocks outside the town of Orbost in East Gippsland. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Imagespacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1578008706_443_Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraRoadblocks outside the town of Orbost in East Gippsland. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

BRIGHT
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.

Bushfires burn between the townships of Bemm River and Cann River. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Imagespacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1578008708_811_Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraBushfires burn between the townships of Bemm River and Cann River. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Bushfires burn between the townships of Bemm River and Cann River. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Imagespacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1578008710_677_Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraBushfires burn between the townships of Bemm River and Cann River. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

People in fire affected areas should register with the Red Cross at: register.redcross.org.au or by calling 1800 727 077

Terrifying scenes as fires rip through an area between Bemm River and Cann River. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Imagespacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1578008712_867_Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraTerrifying scenes as fires rip through an area between Bemm River and Cann River. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
There are now 28 Victorians missing in the state’s bushfire-ravaged areas. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Imagespacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1578008714_916_Victorian-fires-Towns-told-to-evacuate-now.jpeg”/>
media_cameraThere are now 28 Victorians missing in the state’s bushfire-ravaged areas. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

MALLACOOTA

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.

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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



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