ARSON FEARS ON LITTLE RIVER FIRE
tion,” he said. “It took hold very quickly.”
Firefighting planes and helicopters fought to stop the fire front as it roared out of control towards the southeast.
Choppers dumped flame retardant on the blaze, while fire trucks were seen defending properties.
From the air, the scale of the fire was evident, with burnt out paddocks visible for many kilometres.
Mr Crisp said the fire, spreading at about 9km/h, had covered 1240ha by 4pm.
Dozens of locals congregated at Little River’s oval, where authorities provided water and comfort.
About 10 residents headed to a relief centre in Norlane. They were expected to be airconditioned able to return home last night.
Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said the past two days had been very difficult for the Little River and Scotsburn communities.
“It is very hot, dry and windy. It is a reminder to all of us that it is going to be hot, it is going to be dry,” Ms Neville said.
“It is a reminder that summer has hit and that we all need to be absolutely aware and have our plans in place to be ready to evacuate.”
Locals congregated at Little River’s oval
SAFE: Resident Sharron Cole gives her dog Kahlua a drink.