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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Another blaze threatens the town of Denmark, Australia - 24th Nov 2011

Firefighters are battling two fires near Denmark and have issued an emergency warning to residents north-west of the town.

Residents near the blaze in Somerset Hill have been told to leave immediately for a safer place, as the fire is now a threat to lives and homes.

A separate fire burning north-east of the town began as a prescribed burn on Monday that was supposed to be finished by yesterday morning, but went out out of control yesterday afternoon when winds picked up before it had burnt out.

The fires are continuing to spread steadily in a southerly direction as wind conditions worsen.

Local resident Carlene Webster says she is concerned the fire is getting too close and has decided to leave.

"I've got my photos and my computer and just packing some clothes," she said.

Farmer Tony Pedro says the fire is heading for the northern boundary of his property, east of Denmark.

He says he is preparing to stay and defend his home but has criticised the timing of the prescribed burn. Read More