Firefighters have given chilling advice to residents as a fire rips through east Victoria – as authorities warn the bushfires are ‘worse’ than the Black Saturday bushfires almost a decade ago. Lightning sparked the fires in Bunyip State Park, about 65km east of Melbourne, on Friday night. Authorities initially thought the fires could be maintained, but then four separate blazes merged into one, burning out of control and resulting in evacuation orders for more than 20 suburbs.

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Victoria bushfires going out of control in Australia on March 2, 2019.

Firefighters have given chilling advice to residents as a fire rips through east Victoria out-of-control. Officials warned the bushfires are ‘worse’ than the Black Saturday bushfires almost a decade ago that killed 173 people.

Lightning sparked the fires in Bunyip State Park, about 65km east of Melbourne, on Friday night. 

Authorities initially thought the fires could be maintained, but then four separate blazes merged into one, burning out of control and resulting in evacuation orders for more than 20 suburbs. 

At least five homes have been destroyed as the out-of-control blaze continues to threaten residents.

Vic Emergency issued a dire emergency warning at 7pm on Sunday for suburbs located between Bunyip and Tonimbuk, from the south to the north, and Tynong North to Labertouche, from the east to the west.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave. Leaving now would be deadly,‘ the warning said.

Earlier on Sunday, residents in Bunyip, Budgeree, Dargo and Licola were forced to flee their homes as the fire continued to close in.

Country Fire Authority Assistant Chief Officer Trevor Owen said the fire is more dangerous than 2009’s Black Saturday bushfires, which killed 173 people and also started from a lightning strike. 

It’s not a matter of if or may for further property damages that we might see today, it’s a matter of we will,‘ he said. 

Under those very strong conditions experienced on that day (in 2009), it travelled neatly, whilst it damaged some property it was a very narrow finger compared to what we’re facing with this fire, because this fire has been growing,‘ Mr Owen told a community meeting in Pakenham today. 

Premier Daniel Andrews urged residents to follow warnings from authorities at a press conference alongside Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp.

Don’t put yourself in harm’s way and potentially add to the already considerable workload our firefighters have,‘ he said.

People’s testimonies

‘We’ve lost our livelihood, we’ve lost horses, we’ve lost our whole vineyard, we’ve lost our whole cellar door. Everything we’ve worked for our entire life, it’s all gone in a couple of hours. It’s surreal. I’m too scared to go back to look at it.’

I’m just really worried about the animals because we just had to run yesterday. We don’t sleep, we don’t care about our house we care about our livestock,

You could see flames hundreds of feet high across the whole ridge and it’d just woosh up and the flames were reaching for the sky.

There are about 19 fires still burning across the entire state of Victoria and about 4663 hectares of bushland has been burnt. The hot and windy conditions are expected to linger until Wednesday.

So no good news! The blaze is surely going to last until Wednesday… AT LEAST! Terrifying!

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[The Age, Herald Sun, 9News, DailyMail]

4 COMMENTS

  1. you people in Australia still don’t get it do you, God is bringing pre judgement to your nation for your vile evil wicked way, your women ruler over over you and tell you what to do while the men act vaginas and fagots wake up people and take back your nation and get the guns that were stolen from you returned or else it will get worse for all of you. your Churches are dead also because they are not preaching the gospel anymore, but preaching a pro sodomite demonic gospel and this the Lord abhors. your entire nation will burn and or flood. repent and seek God so this devastation does not continue, get on your knees and and beg God for forgiveness for your vile sins. and this is also occuring in the U.S. and Europe

  2. The guns were gathered and destroyed many years ago so there is no getting them back. The current PM is more conservative than many have been; even so it takes a while to turn a ship which was heading in the wrong direction. More people in rural areas are Conservative than in the cities. [Note: the conservative party in AU is called the Liberal Party so that is confusing.] Chances are that the current fire victims are not the sort of people you are railing against. AU has very high winds. Much in AU bush consists of extremely combustible trees like standing gasoline and is very dangerous. However, this could have been caused by Directed Energy Weapons (“DEW”) like the California fires. Look up Deborah Tavares and StopTheCrime.net NEW on You Tube.

    Isa 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

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