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article imageAustralia: Bushfire near Moyston, Victoria

By Richard van der Draay     Jan 2, 2015 in World
Moyston - Inhabitants of a country town in the Australian state of Victoria have been urged to evacuate to a football pitch in the vicinity in a bid to escape the threat of a raging bushfire.
Earlier, the same bushfire had destroyed a residence near the town of Moyston, in the foothills of the Grampian mountain range. John Maguire, from the Horsham Control Centre called for residents to make their way to a local football ground for reasons of safety. "We have set up a relief centre down in Lake Bolac, and we will be requesting that the residents of Maroona consider leaving Maroona and moving down to Lake Bolac to take refuge at the relief centre at the Lake Bolac football ground," Maguire told Fairfax Radio on Saturday.
Map of Moyston  rural Victoria  Australia.
Map of Moyston, rural Victoria, Australia.
Last Friday, the fire had laid waste to 4714 hectares around Moyston, including a house, four sheds and an as yet undisclosed number of livestock. The fire had seen the firefighters using 80 vehicles and 11 aircraft to battle the inferno.
Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley confirmed one house had been lost but noted that it was extremely fortunate that the fire circumnavigated Moyston."Firefighters have done a great job on the ground… and out there doing it in windy conditions," said Lapsley. "We also had significant aircraft over the fire and it still ran hard, which is exactly what we thought it would do."
More than 250 firefighters from the Country Fire Authority and Department of Environment and Primary Industries battled the blaze. A local woman her 50s received treatment for smoke inhalation and heat stroke at a staging area at Moyston Primary School, according to an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson.
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