UN­DER FIRE

Geelong Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - SHANE FOWLES

130 homes at risk, res­i­dents evac­u­ated, sheds de­stroyed

Au­thor­i­ties probe if fires de­lib­er­ately lit

1000 houses lose power as tem­per­a­tures top 40C

MERED­ITH Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has avoided can­cel­la­tions or delays af­ter a threat­en­ing fire was curbed just north of the site.

The an­nual three-day fes­ti­val took the pre­cau­tion­ary step of de­lay­ing early en­trants on Thurs­day from ac­cess­ing the Su­per­nat­u­ral Am­phithe­atre.

They also kept peo­ple away from the denser ar­eas of their camp ground, un­til cooler con­di­tions rolled through last night.

Or­gan­is­ers had been con­cerned about the po­ten­tial flare up of a bush­fire near Buniny­ong and Scots­burn, which forced dozens of peo­ple to be evac­u­ated on Thurs­day.

The 40ha blaze was con­tained south of the Mid­land Hwy, about 15km north of the Mered­ith com­plex.

All tick­ethold­ers were wel­comed to the fes­ti­val as usual from 8am yesterday.

“You may see or smell smoke in the area,” pa­trons were warned.

“If you are asth­matic please take all usual steps and present early to First Aid if you have any con­cerns.”

About 12,500 peo­ple were ex­pected to at­tend the sold-out event, which con­tin­ues un­til to­mor­row.

This year’s line-up fea­tures a typ­i­cally di­verse ar­ray of artists, in­clud­ing alt-rock act The Breed­ers and dance duo The Pre­sets.

Pic­tures: JAY TOWN, ALI­SON WYND, GLENN FER­GU­SON

“If we hadn’t got out when we did … that very sec­ond, then we wouldn’t have got out.” JADE GON­ZA­LEZPOWER­BALL

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