Victoria fires: Fears Corryong bushfire could merge with second NSW blaze – Herald Sun

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Staff writers, Herald SunJanuary 5, 2020 6:59amDespite easing weather conditions in Victoria, authorities have warned that the fire danger is far from over.A rain band is sweeping across Melbourne and east towards the fire-ravaged regions, but a Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson has described the rain as a “double-edged sword”.When rain mixes with ash on the ground, the combination hinder emergency efforts by making terrain more difficult for firefighters to navigate.RECAP YESTERDAY’S COVERAGEAn unprecedented state of disaster remained in place last night as:• 53 fires were still burning out of control;• Six people were missing, down from 21; and• Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday deployed thousands of army reservists to help with the national bushfire emergency.MORE BUSHFIRE NEWSBUSHFIRE RELIEF: HOW TO HELPTHOUSANDS OF DEFENCE PERSONNEL DEPLOYEDRELIEF AS MALLACOOTA EVACUEES REACH LAND

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PM Scott Morrison says a National Bushfire Recovery Agency will be set up and be modelled on the response to the North Queensland floods. It will focus on providing income support, support for local councils, mental health support, mending fences and rebuilding bridges and roads. The organisation will operate for two years.

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The Australian Defence Force is in talks with the New Zealand Defence Force and Singapore Armed Forces to provide military support.Papua New Guinea has also made similar offers of aid, PM Scott Morrison says.

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Forty-two people were evacuated from Omeo, in Victoria’s alps.Sixty-one were transported from Mallacoota to Somers via MV Sycamore, arriving on the Mornington Peninsula this morning.And a further three Chinook helicopters are flying south to Victoria from Townsville, the PM says.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is addressing the media now.”The focus of the ADF today is to make assessments and to work with various state agencies as to how they can best move forward,” he said.”In the last 24 hours in Victoria, navy support has evacuated some 1100 isolated persons from Mallacoota. MV Sycamore arrived in Westernport this morning.”

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The sweet sound of rain of the roof is bringing smiles to the faces of the few remaining people in Harrietville.A long nervous night saw skies glow over the town when the Anbeyfield fire linked up with two others, flanking entire east and south of the evacuated alpine town.As well as welcome rain, choking smoke is blanketing Harrietville and nearby Bright this morning, though the lack of wind has eased concerns the huge fire will pose any immediate threat.One of the few people venturing outdoors in Bright this morning, Paul Docwa was smiling at the area’s escape from fire last night — though it was hard to tell with his necessary smoke mask on.“It happens this time of the year,” he said. “It’ll last until we get a wind.”— Grant McArthur

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An updated emergency warning has been issued for Buffalo Creek, Buffalo River, Carboor, Carboor East, Carboor Upper, Dandongadale, Merriang South, Mount Buffalo, Nug Nug, Rose River and Whorouly South.Residents have been told to leave immediately, with an out-of-control fire near Lake Buffalo set to hit within the next six hours.There have been reports of embers falling around Dandongadale.A relief centre is open at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Ovens St Wangaratta.Those with pets, trailers and caravans should go to the Wangaratta Showgrounds on Evans St.People travelling with stock should go to the Wangaratta Saleyards on 99 Shanley St.

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Meanwhile in Mallacoota, buses are being loaded at the local hall.Evacuees will be flown out 25 at a time with the four aircraft making return trips to the coastal town — if weather conditions hold out.— David Hurley

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This is very sweet. Children in Mallacoota are handing out shells and stones with thank-you messages to CFA firefighters this morning.Picture: David Hurley

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A fire is within 5km of Eden, NSW, after a scary night for residents, who have woken to blood-red skies this morning.At 9am, the historical whaling town was pitch black, covered in smoke and engulfed in an eerie red glow.The HMAS Choules and MV Sycamore, which previously ferried evacuees from Mallacoota, are now returning to assist the Sapphire Coast town.Follow breaking news coverage of the NSW bushfire crisis here.

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More details on the rain band making its way east this morning: Light mist has fallen at some regional centres including Bairnsdale, on the western edge of the East Gippsland fire ground.And more rain is due to extend across the state, with light falls of up to 15mm forecast through Gippsland during the day.Meanwhile, Cann River and Mallacoota in Victoria’s far east, are only forecast to receive a few millimetres of rain.Only lighter falls are expected in the northeast too.— via AAP

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