At 11 30am the fire was contained 4km north of the small victorian community of wye river and separation creek. Now that has happened he is in charge.
Firefighters had back burned in an attempt to control the fire but it was too powerful.
Fires wye river. Celebrated musician mike brady stood up at busy wye general café and a flashmob of locals joined him in song. We would like to show you a description here but the site won t allow us. That same night the fire surrounded the towns destroying many houses.
A fire in wye river of that intensity or higher would have taken the whole town out. One of the key contributors to the high number of houses burnt in wye river was that while many were built to bushfire standards they had flammable wooden outdoor stairs and decks wooden retaining walls and in one case wooden cladding over fire resistance regulation cladding. But now they have become the towns most affected by a raging 2200 hectare bushfire triggered by a lightning strike on december 19 which has destroyed 116 homes 98 of them in wye river.
On christmas day in 2015 the wye river bushfire broke out and within 10 hours it had grown to more than seven times its size. The number of homes destroyed in the wye river fire on victoria s great ocean road on christmas day has risen to 116. The wye river and separation creek fire became the first opportunity for emv to implement a new model for managing recovery that focused on being highly responsive to community needs.
At the wye river fire station andrew hack is bracing for his first summer as brigade captain after long serving local legend roy moriarty retired from the role this year. Prior to the 2015 disaster mr hack had jokingly promised mr moriarty he would take over the job once the next big fire comes through. Ms allen said they started nearly a week ago about five kilometres north of wye river.
It was four years since the 2015 bushfires tore through the town destroying 109. Country fire authority deputy incident controller mark gunning said 116 houses. To lose 116 is a loss but if they had of lost 334 houses that would have been a total loss.