‘Devil’s face’ seen in East Gippsland fire


Craig Calvert isn’t into “hooky pooky stuff” but there was no mistaking this.

There, in a photo his friend took, was a “big devil face” emerging from a raging fire in Victoria’s East Gippsland region.

The dairy farmer spent 13 hours defending his property from a fire that spat out 100 metre large fireballs.

“It hit us like four or five times, the chopper pilots are heroes, they saved it (the property) …I’m very glad people did not get killed here,” he told Channel 7.

“We had fireballs coming over, jumping. Some of them were 50 metres to 100 metres across.

“We’ve got a photo a friend took and I’m not into hooky pooky stuff but there was a big devil face in it.”

Mr Calvert said the government’s incompetence led to the disaster fire season and he pleaded with the Prime Minister to not let any more people die.

“We knew it was going to be bad, we didn’t know exactly how bad it was until it was on top of you,” he told 7.

“People need help. Australia is scared. To (Morrison), please throw your gloves on, come on down here and see me.

“I’ve got an extensive network who can help with knowledge of the bush and how the environment actually runs. It doesn’t run on paperwork.

“Step up and get behind us, don’t let anymore people die in the future. You’re the man of the hour, everyone will fall behind you.”

Two people have died in the East Gippsland region, with 28 people missing.

A state of disaster has been declared for six local government areas and three alpine resorts across Victoria.

The declaration involves powers introduced in the aftermath of devastating 2009 blazes which have never been used before, including the power to compel people to evacuate.

The areas covered by the declaration, which has been made for seven days, are East Gippsland Shire, Mansfield Shire, Wellington Shire, Wangaratta Rural Shire, Towong Shire and Alpine Shire.



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