fire has so far destroyed more than fifty homes and thousands of
hectares of forest, and is now approaching the towns of Lorne,
Cumberland River and Allenvale.
and holiday makers in the three towns have been asked to pack up and
leave and head for a community centre in the town of Torquay.
from the area say the out of control blaze along the state's scenic
Great Ocean Road could reach the towns in a few hours.
Country Fire Authority (CFA) expected many more homes to be burnt and
said a lot of areas could not be reached by firefighters.
fire raging overnight has destroyed 50 homes in Victoria. Photo: CFA:
towns of Wye River, Grey River, Kennett River and Separation Creek
have been evacuated.
in Otway Ranges near Wye River, Victoria Photo: ABC
have been lost in Wye River and Separation Creek.
injuries or fatalities have been reported.
cool change from South Australia is bringing strong winds which is
expected to make the situation worse, but rain is expected overnight.
Great Ocean Road between Skenes Creek and Torquay is closed and
Victoria Police said road blocks would be in place for quite some
time, possibly days
people who have evacuated from their homes gathered at the Apollo Bay
Jacobs lives in Separation Creek and had taken shelter there.
took our two dogs, a cat and a chook and the car is with us," Mr
Jacobs told the ABC.
later received confirmation his home was safe. His dad, Peter Jacobs,
is a volunteer firefighter and said it was the worst fire he had ever
Hutchinson from Kennett River also sought refuge at an evacuation
centre. When the ABC spoke to him in the afternoon, he did not know
if his home survived the fire.
been a very draining situation. Sorry if I'm breaking down a bit, but
we're just keeping our fingers crossed," he said.
area along the state's surf coast is a very popular spot with
holidaymakers during the Christmas and New Year period.
steady trail of cars was seen entering Apollo Bay as people in the
area moved from the fire's path, with many mingling at the local
Patrick Carey said it was a normal Christmas Day for many until the
smoke loomed large on the horizon.
were all prepared to put their barbecues on, they were cooking away,
and all of sudden they could see the smoke coming over the hill, they
thought it was still four hours away according to what they'd heard,"
all of a sudden, it was an hour away and then it was half an hour
away. So they just dropped everything, stopped cooking and headed
rises from a fast-moving bushfire near the Great Ocean Road in
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT JAMIESON TRACK BUSHFIRE *
Four towns evacuated: Separation Creek, Wye River, Kennett River,
town of Lorne being evacuated.
53 houses lost in Separation Creek and Wye River.
residents sheltering in Apollo Bay Leisure Centre or Torquay Relief
Centre, and in Geelong.
cool change from SA bringing strong winds, which will make the
about 2000 hectares burnt through.
gone past Separation Creek and Wye River and heading down the coast
to Kennett River.
wind change expected which may push flames northeasterly towards