Dec 25, 2015

Christmas Day fire sends Sunbury residents fleeing

Sunbury VIC 3429
Australia
by
Steve Lillebuen
,
The Age Victoria
A helicopter helps the effort to control a fire in Sunbury on Christmas Day. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer
A helicopter helps the effort to control a fire in Sunbury on Christmas Day. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

Hot and windy conditions pushed an out-of-control grassfire into acreages on Melbourne's outer northern fringe on Christmas Day with emergency warnings sending residents fleeing family get togethers.

The fast-moving fire was first spotted as a column of smoke coming from near Williams Rise on the northern end of Sunbury...

Incident controller David Nugent told the ABC the heat and wind created tricky conditions...