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More than 2,000 people were told to evacuate from communities in western Victoria, Australia, due to an out-of-control bushfires on Thursday.

The state emergency agency asked inhabitants of Raglan and Beaufort, which have a population of roughly 2,000 people, as well as those in the surrounding areas, to escape while it was still safe and travel east to the adjacent regional city of Ballarat, 95 kilometres (59 miles) west of Melbourne.

A fire has spread across around 50 square kilometres (12,355 acres) northwest of Ballarat. A comparable area is likewise raging out of control further to the west.

According to State Premier Jacinta Allan, more over 1,000 firefighters were on the ground, backed up by 24 planes and over 100 vehicles. More are about to join the struggle.

“Leaving immediately is the safest option for those communities,” she told Reuters during a press conference. “If you are located in these areas, please heed this advice, please act now to save your own life.”


Officials reported no property damage, but it was too early to provide a clear picture.

Large areas of the state are on high alert for fires, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing extreme fire danger warnings for numerous districts on Thursday due to hot, dry winds and the possibility of thunderstorms.

According to Jason Heffernan, chief officer of the Country Fire Authority, the fires west of Ballarat will worsen throughout the evening until approximately midnight, when the winds will begin to slow.

At 3 p.m. (0400 GMT), temperatures in the state’s northwest had risen above 40 degrees Celsius (104° Fahrenheit).


Australia experiences annual bushfires that devastate vast areas of land, threatening homes, wildlife, and lives. The intense heat and dry conditions fuel these fires, creating a dangerous situation for communities.

Firefighters work tirelessly to contain and extinguish the flames, but the unpredictable nature of bushfires poses a significant challenge.

The impact of these fires is far-reaching, affecting not only the immediate environment but also the economy and ecosystems. It is crucial for authorities and residents to stay vigilant and prepared for the bushfire season, taking proactive measures to mitigate potential risks and protect lives and property.

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