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Mickleham Road fire
The communities of Beveridge and Darrawuit Guim are at risk tonight as the fast moving Mickleham fire continues to head north.
The fire began north of Mt Ridley Road this afternoon and has already burnt several assets including homes and power lines.
Kangaroo Ground Incident Controller Chris Hardman said: “A strong south-westerly wind change complicated fire fighting efforts this afternoon, but crews are working hard to contain the fires and will continue to fight throughout the night.”
“We have more than 600 fire fighters, 120 fire trucks and four aircraft working hard to contain this fire.”
“Emergency alerts and warnings have been issued to communities north of Mt Ridley Road including Wallan, Kilmore, Chintin, Springfield, Forbes and Byland.”
“There is a high risk of trees falling along Old Sydney Road, which is a danger to fire fighters and locals. The Hume Highway is now open.”
“Today is a Total Fire Ban Day and residents should remain on high alert. Travellers should check the Fire Danger Rating before leaving and arriving and listen to local radio for warnings and advice.”
For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety, please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
People should also tune in to their emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations or SKY NEWS Television.
Information is online at www.depi.vic.gov.au or www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Media contact: Brigid Ennis - 0427 092 731