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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Fire all around

Kadnook fire - B & B Ryan
As smoke envelopes much of the Wimmera, we find a number of bushfires raging across the district once again. Many of the fires reported to be as a result of thunderstorm lightning strikes on Saturday 3rd and Wednesday 7th.
Moyston fire from Bunjil's Cave Rd on 2nd - Lynton Brown
Moyston by night - Keith Pakenham CFA
 The fastest moving blaze was the one to the east of the region at Moyston. The 3,500+ hectare fire had a 64km perimeter with 250 men battling it on the ground and in the air. It may have been ignited by a scare gun operating on a vineyard, before it raced across paddocks to the outskirts of town. In the end 2 houses and a number of sheds were lost as well as about 3,000 sheep. A great report is from Leith Hillard’s report of the Moyston Fire.
Fighting the Moyston fire, from One Tree Hill, Ararat - Lynton Brown
Ominous, the giant plume over Telangatuk East, from Horsham - Lynton
The Black Range looking west from the Grampians at 6:30pm - Facebook
The other major fire is the Black Range-Rees Rd (Telangatuk East) fire which started in the mountains on Saturday 3rd and moved north into the Mt Talbot Reserve then broke out again to the south towards Cherrypool. It is currently over 4,500 hectares and NYUC. (all Telangatuk photos were taken late on Monday 5th, when a tongue of fire spread north)

Above & below: Mt Talbot at dusk - Lynton Brown

In the Little Desert there is a whole list of fires, most are NYUC - Not yet under control

- Lillimur Track (Booroopki) started on the 7th has burnt 1800 hectares
- Serviceton started on 3rd 505 hectares
- Nhill-Harrow Rd started on 7th already burnt 13,300 hectares
- Miram South (Broughtons Track) from the 3rd has burnt 3,175 hectares
- south of Woriagworm 1,100 hectares
- and smaller ones on Salt Lake Track, Wallaby Track, Mallee Track, and Dahlensburg Track.
Smoke from the Little Desert obscures Mt Arapiles, from the Grass Flat Rd, 7th - Lynton
Majorlock Soak, Big Desert - CFA
Further north in the Big Desert there are fires in the Sunset Country and further south at Waggon Flat (north of Yanac and Broken Bucket) it has burnt  727 hectares. As well as the Chinaman Well Track of 600 hectares, again NYUC.
Majorlock Soak, Big Desert - CFA
Eruption of the Kadnook fire, from west of Edenhope - B & B Ryan
In the west
- Edenhope-Johnsons Rd (Kadnook) Fire started by lightning in the Jallakar State Forest and spread up to the Scrubby Lake area.The fire grew to approximately 1,600 hectares in size, now contained.

Kadnook fire takes off north - B & B Ryan

- Ozenkadnook fire in Bulls State Forest has subsided after burning 60 hectares.
Near Scrubby Lake - B & B Ryan
On Wednesday 7th in the Grampians - northern district a fire started near Wartook, and in the southern district near Mirranatwa.
Police roadblock - B & B Ryan
As always thanks & gratitude to the efforts of Lynton Brown to graphically record these events. And thinking of those involved - firefighters & landowners, etc.

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