After a week of heavy rain, firefighters in the Northern Territory were able to get to work on a major blaze in Victoria’s far north.
Key points:A wildfire in north-west Victoria has burned for almost five days and caused $40 million in damageThere are several major fires burning in the region, including the Kew bushfires, the Nambour bushfires and the Northern Firestorm which destroyed three homesThe bushfires have been raging in the state for the past six weeks and have been blamed for more than $40m in damage.
A blaze in the Katoomba district in Victoria has caused more than 50,000 homes to be evacuated.
The fire broke out on the night of October 20, causing the evacuation of more than 5,000 people.
Fire crews battled the blaze in a bid to contain it.
They were able on Tuesday to cut the blaze down to a few hectares, although they were still battling the blaze.
“We had a few hours to get it down to 1,000 hectares and we were able do that,” Chief Fire Officer Scott Bunn said.
“We also did some work in the last few hours.”
It is a significant fire and it has the potential to cause significant damage to the region.
“There are other fires that are burning in a similar area but it is difficult to say whether they are going to do more damage.”
If there are any major fires in the future we will have to deal with them, because if we do we will need to deal in the area that is under the fire.
“Mr Bunn warned that there was a risk of a repeat of the fire season that was disrupted in the wake of the devastating drought.
Victoria had just a few weeks before the next state election when a major drought threatened the state’s agriculture industry.
The fires in Victoria are among a number of major fires raging in Victoria that have caused the evacuation.
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