Wildfires – Australia

Fire officials say 99 per cent of residents in three communities on Victoria’s Surf Coast have left their homes amid fears bushfires will flare again in hot and windy conditions later today.

A fire that destroyed dozens of homes over Christmas at Wye River and Separation Creek is still burning out of control on the Great Ocean Road, and residents in Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra were told to leave, with hot northerly winds expected.

The fire is currently in the Great Otway National Park (The Otways), just outside Kennett River in inhospitable terrain. Up to 500 firefighters are on standby with 20 more from New Zealand arriving to help over the next week.

An upgraded watch and act message has been issued for Wye River and Separation Creek.

About 100 people live in the three communities and most left last night.

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