More NZ firefighters head to Australia

  • 11/01/2016

A second group of New Zealand firefighters is heading to help fight fires in Victoria, Australia.

The 22 firefighters leave this afternoon to help battle the blazes spreading through bush near the coastal town of Lorne, 150km south of Melbourne.

The fires have razed 116 houses in Wye River and Separation Creek on Christmas Day and burned more than 2500 hectares.

Today, they were in deep forest country and posed no threat to lives or property.

The firefighters are from Auckland, Rotorua-Whakatane, the West Coast and Invercargill and follow 22 firefighters who left on January 2.

Crews in Victoria have been making progress on building containment lines, National Rural Fire officer Kevin O'Connor says.

However, the fire danger in the area remained high.

Each deployment was scheduled to last three weeks but might be extended, Mr O'Connor said. NZN