Victorian Bushfires

Yesterday bushfires erupted in the Latrobe Valley, which threatened communities and had the area covered in thick smoke. Today you are going to use the images and news article below, as well as your own experience of what you could see, hear, feel and smell to unpack a detailed seed in your writers’ notebook.



At least 10 homes have been destroyed.

Thousands of hectares of bushland across the state and in the suburbs of Melbourne have also burned.

Almost 80 fires were burning.

Houses also went up at Morwell in the Latrobe Valley.

Explosions were heard near the Hazelwood power plant.

HOUSES have been lost as fires threaten several townships and burn near power stations and plantations in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

Fire has moved to the edge of the western urban area of Morwell, into plantation areas and impacting on two open cut coalmines.

Some homes about half a kilometre out of Morwell have been lost, incident controller Laurie Jeremiah said.

“We have had some houses burnt. We are yet to confirm occupants, but we have been giving the emergency warnings for a number of hours now, so we hope those people took the appropriate action,’’ Mr Jeremiah said.

Emergency warnings are in place for several Latrobe Valley townships including Morwell, Driffield, Hazelwood, Glengarry West, Morwell North, Tyers and Yallourn North.

Authorities say there is a blaze in the Hazelwood open cut coalmine and fire is also around the Yallourn open cut mine.

Fire authorities were also concerned about the 1600-megawatt Hazelwood Power Station.

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