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Vic: Fourteen deaths as fires ravage Victoria =3D2

07 Feb 2009 10:33 PM

"This is an absolute tragedy for the state and we believe the figure may even get worse," Mr Walshe said.

"We base that on the fact we're only just getting into these areas now ... to search buildings and properties these have been very very significant fires ... the figure could get into the 40s."

The fire started in East Kilmore, 80km north of Melbourne, and covered a huge area as it pushed 30km east to Kinglake, through the small townships of Wandong, Strathewen and Clonbinane.