Major Fires

CFA has been involved in many major fires over the years.

We remember all those who have been impacted.

 

Year Date Name/Location Losses/Summary

2009

23 February

Muskvale / Daylesford, Upwey

  • 3,000 hectares

2009

13 February

Wilson's Promontory

  • 5,000 hectares

2009

7 February

Black Saturday

Churchill, Kilmore and Murrundindi, Vectis (Horsham), Coleraine, Weerite, Redesdale, Harkaway, Upper Ferntree Gully, Maiden Gully / Eaglehawk, Lynbrook / Narre Warren, Beechworth. More detailed information.

  • 173 people
  • 2056 houses
  • 239,637 hectares

2009

4-6 February

Bunyip State Park

  • 31 houses
  • 26,200 hectares

2009

29 January

Branxholme

  • 40 hectares

2009

28 January

Delburn

  • 44 houses
  • 6,534 hectares

2007

1 March

Food Warehouse Fire - Wattle St, Springvale

  • About 50 firefighters took one hour to contain the blaze, preventing spread to a neighbouring school.
  • 15 people in a nearby block of flats were evacuated as a precaution.

2007

17 January

DTM Logistics - Dandenong South

  • By the time the brigade arrived, the building was fully involved.
  • Losses were extensive including contents and vehicles.

2006

December-February 2007

Great Divide Complex

  • 33 houses
  • 13 houses damaged
  • 255 other buildings
  • 1334 animals and livestock
  • Fencing: 1,357km
  • 1,154,828 hectares

2006

12 October

Morwell Open Cut Mine

Spontaneous Ignition

2006

19 January

Grampians

  • 2 people
  • 41 houses
  • 9 houses damaged
  • 231 other buildings
  • 65,598 animals and livestock
  • Fencing: 1,973
  • 116,380 hectares

2003

8 January-19 March

North East and Gippsland fires

71 days duration

  • 41 houses
  • 3 bridges
  • 213 other structures
  • 10,000 livestock
  • 1.2 million hectares

2002

March

Glenaroua

  • 1 house
  • 6,100 hectares grass and scrub

2001

December- January 2002

Deployment of CFA to NSW and ACT fires

  • 80 trucks and 2794 CFA personnel were committed for 14 days

2000

18 December

Dadswells Bridge

  • 1 house damaged
  • 14,500 hectares of crop and pasture
  • 8000 livestock (mainly sheep)
  • 500km of fencing

1998

2 December

Linton

  • 5 CFA firefighters
  • 1 CFA tanker
  • 780 hectares

1998

25 September

Longford Plant

  • 2 people
  • 8 Injured
  • Gas Plant exploded due to leaking vapours.

1997

21 January

Dandenong Ranges, Creswick, Heathcote, Teddywaddy, Gough's Bay.

  • 3 people
  • 41 houses
  • 1 CFA fire truck

1990

27 December

Strathbogie

  • 1 person
  • 17 houses
  • More than 12,000 livestock

1985

14 January

Maryborough, Avoca, Little River.

  • 3 people
  • 182 houses
  • 400 farms
  • 46,000 livestock

1983

16 February

Ash Wednesday

Monivae, Branxholme, Cockatoo, East Trentham, Mt Macedon, Otways, Warburton, Cudgee, Upper Beaconsfield. More detailed information.

  • 47 people
  • More than 27,000 livestock
  • Over 2000 houses/shops

1978

15 January

Bairnsdale

  • 2 people
  • 1 house
  • 6500 livestock

1977

12 February

Penshurst, Tatyoon, Streatham, Creswick, Pura Pura, Werneth, Cressy, Rokewood, Beeac, Mingay, Lismore, Little River.

  • 4 people
  • 108 houses/shops
  • More than 236,000 livestock

1969

8 January

Lara, Daylesford, Bulgana, Yea, Darraweit, Kangaroo Flat, Korongvale.

  • 22 people
  • 230 houses
  • 21 schools/church/halls
  • More than 12,000 livestock
  • 800,000 acres

1968

19 February

The Basin, Upwey

  • 64 houses

1965

21 February- 13 March

Gippsland

Fires burned for 17 days

  • More than 60 houses/shops
  • More than 4000 livestock
  • 750,000 acres of forest
  • 40,000 acres of grassland

1965

17 January

Longwood

  • 7 people (all from one family)
  • 6 houses

1944

14 January -14 February

Central & western districts, Morwell, Yallourn

  • 32 people
  • 700 houses
  • Huge livestock losses

1943

22 December

Wangaratta

  • 10 people
  • Thousands of acres of grass country

1942

3-4 March

Hamilton, South Gippsland - Yarram

(burning on a 60 mile front)

  • 1 person
  • More than 20 houses
  • 100 sheep
  • 2 farms

1939

13 January

Black Friday

Rubicon, Woods Point, Warrandyte, Noojee, Omeo, Mansfield, Dromana, Yarra Glen, Warburton, Erica.

  • 71 people
  • More than 650 houses/shops

1926

n/a

Noojee, Kinglake, Warburton, Erica, Dandenong Ranges.

  • People and property

1851

6 February

Black Thursday

Wimmera, Portland, Gippsland, Plenty Ranges, Westernport, Dandenong districts, Heidelberg.

  • 12 people
  • 1,000,000 plus livestock

 

 

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