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Urgent threat message issued to residents in Healesville

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« on: February 13, 2009, 12:04:14 pm »

Fire rages: high alert

    * February 13, 2009 - 8:38AM

An urgent threat message has been issued to residents of Healesville, north-east of Melbourne, as fire activity in the area has increased.

Fire authorities have warned residents that they may be hit directly by embers from a fire burning from the northwest in the Donnellys Weir area.

Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) spokesman Stuart Ord said the Healesville fire was part of the Maroondah Yarra Complex fire and was about three kilometres from the main township.

"It's part of a fire we have known about for some time. The fire's been backing down a gully, it's obviously either reached some dry fuels or, in fact, in a gully, sometimes in a gully we have erratic winds," Mr Ord said.

He warned residents may experience smoke and burning embers reaching their properties and should patrol their houses to find and put out any burning embers that may land.

Across Victoria 21 bushfires continue to burn, as firefighters took advantage of cooler conditions to backburn, fortify control lines and black out areas they had not previously been able to reach.

But the race is on to get on top of the fires before expected extreme temperatures and hot northerly winds by Wednesday and possibly of lightning strikes on Monday that could start new fires ahead of Wednesday's blast of heat.

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