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Christmas Day Blaze Guts Australia Homes

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Updated December 26, 2015

blaze guts Australia homesOfficials have said that a Christmas Day bush fire has destroyed more than 100 homes in Australia’s Victoria State.

They said that 98 homes have been razed in Wye river and 18 at separation creek. no injuries were reported.

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blaze along the famous great ocean road in Victoria’s south-west, popular with holidaymakers.

A change to cooler weather and rain has greatly reduced the threat, but some emergency warnings remain in place.

Some 1,600 residents and tourists from the popular tourist spot of Lorne were evacuated on Friday amid fears that a wind change would push the fire towards the town, but were allowed to return on Saturday.

Many of those forced to leave their homes had to spend Christmas night in hastily-arranged shelters.

Victoria is one of the most fire-prone regions in the world.

Many bush fires were started by lightning strikes, while others were sparked accidentally by campers or discarded cigarettes. Some are the work of arsonists.

In 2009, more than 170 people died in Victoria during Australia’s worst ever bush fire disaster.