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Victoria fires: Fears Corryong bushfire could merge with second NSW blaze

The catastrophic fires in Victoria’s northeast and NSW are just kilometres from each other, with authorities warning the two may merge into a “megafire”.

Herald Sun

January 5, 2020 7:39AM

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Last updated January 5, 2020 7:39AM AEDT

Victorians were last night being flown by helicopter out of bushfire disaster zones, with the state on the edge of a “megafire” emergency.

A blaze which ripped through Corryong for a second time was moving north towards a fire that has wreaked havoc in New South Wales.

Authorities warned that despite easing weather conditions the danger was far from over.

A new threat in Omeo in the state’s northeast resulted in about 50 people being removed by army helicopters and several houses were confirmed as lost.

RECAP YESTERDAY’S COVERAGE

As an unprecedented state of disaster last night was in place:

• 53 fires were still burning out of control;

Six people were missing, down from 21; and

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday deployed thousands of army reservists to help with the national bushfire emergency.

 

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