Christmas day blaze destroys 100 homes in Australia
Dec 26, Sydney: Over 100 homes have ben destroyed in a bush fire on Christmas Day, according to Australian authorities on Saturday. Scores of firefighters have been battling the blaze along the famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the state authorities said.
The destination is popular with holidaymakers and risks of injured holidaymakers had been high, however according to the officials there have been no injuries and approximately 1,600 residents and tourists from the popular tourist spot of Lorne were evacuated on Friday amid fears that a wind change would push the fire towards the town, but were allowed to return on Saturday, as many of them were forced to spend Christmas on hastily made shelters.
"They (residents) were all prepared, putting their barbecues on, they were cooking away, and all of a sudden they could see the smoke coming over the hill," local resident Patrick Carey, was quoted saying by the BBC.
According to the report by BBC, anyone planning to travel to the area is being asked to check emergency warnings and to avoid the Great Ocean Road if possible.
The Oslo Times