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Saturday 19 October 2019

Warning as wildfires threaten Australian towns

Emergency warnings were issued in Victoria for the towns of Dargo and Licola as flames approached homes.

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in Victoria (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in Victoria (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

More homes are being threatened by wildfires that have burnt dozens of properties in rural south-east Australia.

Emergency warnings were issued in Victoria for the towns of Dargo and Licola, which are east of the state capital Melbourne, as flames approached homes.

We have literally got hundreds and hundreds of firefighters working on the ground, doing their absolute best to keep our communities safe Andrew Crisp, emergency management commissioner

Since last Friday, 38 fires have razed more than 40,000 hectares of forest and farmland across the state, destroying a number of homes and other buildings.

“We have literally got hundreds and hundreds of firefighters working on the ground, doing their absolute best to keep our communities safe,” said Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, Andrew Crisp.

The fires were also being fought from the air, with 75 planes and helicopters dumping water.

Victoria often has some of the nation’s most dangerous wildfires.

A month ago, people in the state marked the 10th anniversary of Black Saturday, a day of catastrophic wildfires that killed 173 people and burnt more than 2,000 homes on February 7 2009.

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