Homes destroyed as bushfire remains out of control

February 26, 2024 12:07 pm in by
Photo: CFA (Sebastopol Fire Brigade)

A blaze to the west of Ballarat still remains out of control, days after first igniting.

Six homes have been destroyed by the Bayindeen Rocky Road bushfire since Thursday, along with thousands of hectares of land.

Hundreds of fire crews are still working to extinguish the fire.

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Conditions are set to worsen later this week, with an extreme fire rating forecast for the Central district on Wednesday, along with temperatures in the mid 30’s.

A number of roads are still closed in the fire area, including the Pyrenees Highway between Mitchell Road, Ararat and Greenhill Creek Road in Ampitheatre.

Relief centres are open at Alexandra Oval in Ararat and Princes Park Reserve in Maryborough, with the Beaufort Urgent Care Centre at 28 Havelock Street now open with reduced operating hours of 7am to 10pm.