A fast-spreading brush fire has reached the town of Lucindale after spreading from Blackford and burned at least 16,000 hectares including several buildings.
A fast-spreading brush fire has razed the town of Lucindale after spreading from Blackford and burning at least 16,000 hectares (39,536 acres) including several buildings.
At least 100 residents were forced to evacuate as the fires quickly spread while three buildings reportedly caught fire.
Several roads leading to the town were closed and the evacuated residents took shelter at the Lucindale War Memorial Hall for protection.
Woolumbool, Lachaber, Spence, Naracoorte which are near Lucindale was also at a watch and act alert level.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) had deployed 40 fire units in the area supported by farm firefighting equipment, six water-bombing aircraft, and four observation planes.
The threat level for the fire was downgraded in the evening but residents were told to stay alert, monitor local conditions, and decide what to do if the situation changes.
“At this time there is no threat to life or property, and firefighters are attending this fire,” said the CFS.