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50th anniversary of devastating 1969 Victorian bushfires


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the devastating Victorian bushfires of 1969, which saw 21 people die, including two CFA volunteers, and hundreds injured.

230 fires burned that day across Victoria, 21 were serious including fires in Kangaroo Flat, Daylesford and Lara.

The worst fires were in the open farm land around Lara,i is estimated that the fire traveled up to 11 kilometers per hour that day due to the 119 kilometre winds and low humidity.

Lara was almost wiped off the map as the fire burned from the You Yangs to Corio Bay.

More than 250,000 hectares, 230 houses and more than 12,000 livestock were lost.


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Photos courtesy of the CFA.