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Warrandyte and Mickleham fires
Homes have been destroyed and relief centres have opened as more than 350 fire-fighters battle
two fires that began in Mickleham and Warrandyte this afternoon.
Emergency alerts have been sent out to the north of the Mickleham fire and a watch and act to the
north-east. The Mickleham fire is a fast moving grassfire and is out of control. The Warrandyte fire is not yet under control.
Kangaroo Ground Incident Controller Chris Hardman said: “The wind change complicated fire
fighting efforts and the impact has resulted in the loss of several homes and assets.”
“Don’t wait for a warning to be sent to your phone - it’s your responsibility to know your local
conditions and be informed.”
“150 fire-fighters, 20 fire trucks and two aircraft are battling the Flannery Court, Warrandyte fire and we have early reports that three houses have been burnt and one house damaged.”
“We have 200 fire-fighters working on the Mickleham Road fire, four aircraft and 40 fire trucks. Fire crews are battling strong winds and working hard to contain the fires.”
“The Hume Highway is closed North of Craigieburn Road up to Wallan and other road closures are in
Relief Centres for the Warrandyte fire are open at the Eltham Community Centre, Main Road, Eltham
and at the Donvale Indoor Sport and Reception Centre, 360 Springvale Road, Manningham.
“Today is a Total Fire Ban Days 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.