Fires ravaged parts of Numurkah, Wunghnu and Bunbartha on Sunday and Monday, destroying homes and farms.TONI BRIENT February 12, 2014 9:40am
Hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes as fire ravaged parts of Numurkah, Wunghnu and Bunbartha on Sunday and Monday, tearing through 9964
Country Fire Authority incident controller Paul Blythman said yesterday that 150 firefighters from about 35 units were still on the ground, using infrared technology to identify remaining hot spots that were left behind from the Wunghnu Complex fire.
Mr Blythman said on Sunday, two separate blazes started, one at Reillys Pit Rd, Numurkah, and another at Wunghnu, about 2
Nathalia police Acting Sergeant David Liversigde said police door-knocked in Numurkah and Yarroweyah to try to evacuate residents under threat.
Moira Shire Council acting director community Bruce Connolly said of the 350 people who presented to Cobram Sports Stadium, about 50 slept inside on mattresses on the basketball court that night, and about 200 outside in cars.
Older residents and families with young children were moved to Cobram and Barooga motels.
But it wasn’t only people that showed up at the stadium — family dogs, cats and chickens also sought refuge.
‘‘We were out buying dog bowls at 1
Mr Blythman said late Sunday night the Reillys Pit Rd fire and the Wunghnu fire merged, creating more problems for firefighters trying desperately to control the blaze.
This story continued, and more fire coverage, in this week’s Courier.
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