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Large Fire in Victoria, Australia, Could Intensify

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January 23rd, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 21st, 2013

A bushfire that destroyed homes and bushland could again threaten a number of communities in Victoria’s east on Thursday as firefighters brace for scorching temperatures.┬áTemperatures are predicted to reach 37C in Melbourne and between 35 and 37C in bushfire-affected areas in Victoria’s east on Thursday, with northerly winds adding to the difficult conditions.

Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley says firefighters are strengthening containment lines around the massive Gippsland fire burning about 200km east of Melbourne. The fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction and may impact the towns of Davenport Village, Falls Creek, Hotham Heights, Harrietville and Smoko within the next 24 hours. Here, despite popcorn clouds over the region, a wide plume of smoke from the blaze can be seen blowing southeast, over the coast.

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