Five firefighters have been injured as Victoria battles multiple out of control bushfires in the state’s west.
Two emergency warnings are in place around the Grampians National Park and are threatening homes and residents.
People in Pomonal, Bellfield, Dadswells Bridge, Glenorchy, St Helens Plains and Wal Wal are being warned to take shelter immediately as it is considered too late to leave.
Emergency services are waiting for conditions to ease before they can assess the damage – but there are initial reports of 20-35 properties being lost, including the historic Pomonal church.
The catastrophic fire conditions are the worst in seven years.