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How did Ballarat fare after fiery Friday..?

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It's not every day three volatile bushfires threaten our region all at the same time.

But with major fires at Haddon/Bunkers Hill, Addington/Learmonth and Mt Mercer, Friday March 29 was a true challenge for our hardworking and heroic fireys.

Now it's time to count the cost.

The initial assessment of the Haddon/Bunkers Hill blaze has revealed ...

** 1 home destroyed, 1 damaged

** 11 outbuildings destroyed

** Cars, trailers and machinery destroyed 

** At least 6 chickens dead and other livestock still to be confirmed

The Mt Mercer assessment has revealed...

** One unoccupied home destroyed

** 2369 sheep lost

** 3 haysheds destroyed (and expected to burn for several days)

** 680 tonnes of hay and 946 ha of pasture destroyed

** 21km of internal fencing and 11.5km of external fencing destroyed.

We caught up with CFA regional Operations Officer Gavin Hope about the conditions that led to this disaster...

Images: Robert 

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