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10pm Update Jan 11 2013
CFA had responded to 240 incidents as of 9.30pm tonight, including 68 grass and scrub fires, and a large, fast-moving grassfire 4.5km north-west of Blampied that was contained just after 6pm.
On a day that saw ‘Extreme’ Fire Danger Ratings in two districts and ‘Severe’ for the rest of the state, crews were on high alert.
The Blampied fireburnt down into a gully before being held within the gully by air attack and crews. It passed close by to 100 school students attending a school camp in the area, and burnt between 50 to 100 hectares. While three people for smoke inhalation, all of the young people remained safe.
A medium bushfire in the Kangaroo Ground area that started at 4.30pm at one stage posed a threat to a significant number of properties, but a strong response by firefighters including four aircraft saw the fire fully contained with no damage to homes within approximately 2.5 hours.
One firefighter sustained a shoulder injury and was evacuated by the Ambulance service.
Blacking out and patrolling of both fire grounds will continue throughout the night.
CFA is assisting with firefighting operations in NSW / Northern Victoria, with two taskforces deployed to Tarcutta and and Incident Management Team to Cooma (128 people in all). Elvis has returned from its deployment in NSW and is currently based in Wangaratta.
Meanwhile, the first group of firefighters returned from Tasmania today.
A reprieve from hot weather is expected this weekend but temperatures will start rising again next week.