Fire leaves $2m damage bill

EMERGENCY Services Minister Chris Picton has praised the mateship and community spirit shown in the wake of the devastating Sherwood bushfires as he toured the scorched region last week.

He praised the efforts of Country Fire Service volunteers who saved 20 buildings and homes as flames up to 13 metres high swept through the Upper South East during catastrophic fire conditions on January 6.

“Some 13,000ha between Keith and Bordertown were affected,” Mr Picton said.

“The fire escalated very quickly and the CFS reverted to asset protection mode – they knew the fire was not going to be able to be stopped in

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