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Firefighters are continuing to battle a 100-hectare bushfire about 65 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Thirty-two trucks and two aircraft were called to the medium-sized fire at Riddells Creek, near Mount Macedon about 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The fire area broke out in the Mount Charlie Road area and headed towards Romsey. …

Residents have been asked to follow their bushfire survival plans, and those who are away from their homes have been advised not to return to the area.

Drivers have been warned to turn on headlights and drive slowly due to smoke affecting visibility.

Meanwhile, firefighters controlled a fast-moving fire about 45 kilometres north-east of Melbourne at Arthurs Creek about 7pm on Saturday evening.

Twenty-three fire trucks were called to the fire, which sparked earlier in the afternoon.

A bushfire at Harrietville in the north-east alpine country continues to burn and has destroyed more than 16,000 hectares.

Another bushfire in the Gippsland area of Aberfeldy stranded residents in Licola, after it forced the closure of the Licola Road at Glenmaggie. The fire, believed to be deliberately lit in mid-January, has destroyed 80,000 hectares so far.


A large Bushfire burning near suburbs and towns in southern Tasmania is likely to continue for another week, authorities report.

A 1900-hectare fire at Molesworth, northwest of Hobart, continued to burn out-of-control on Saturday. No serious damage has been reported, but a watch and act message is in place.

The fire sent a thick blanket of smoke across Hobart forcing the closure of all walking tracks and roads on Mount Wellington.

Tasmania fire service chief officer Mike Brown has urged residents in the city’s northern suburbs to be prepared for an escalation in coming days.


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