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Extreme fire danger as temperatures set to hit 40 degrees


Three out-of-control bushfires are burning in East Gippsland, all menacing townships. Firefighters are worried today’s heat and squally winds could push them into populated areas.

The first fire started at West Side Barmouth Spur and has now burned through 83652 ha. An emergency warning is current for that fire, taking in the townships of Brookville, Dogtown, Double Bridges, Ensay, Holstons, Nunniong, Reedy Flat, Stirling, Tambo Crossing, Timbarra, and Wattle Circle.

The West Side Barmouth Spur fire, left, and the Goongerah fire, right.

The West Side Barmouth Spur fire, left, and the Goongerah fire, right. Credit: Emergency Management Victoria

A second, smaller fire burning about 28km west of Goongerah led to an evacuation order for that area Sunday morning.

A third fire at Wingan River in the state’s far east is also burning. The ABC are reporting it has spread significantly overnight – all the way up to the coast.



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