A supplied image obtained, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 of a bushfire at Wye River near Lorne south of in Melbourne. Fires yesterday destroyed 53 houses in the Otway Ranges.
A supplied image obtained, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 of a bushfire at Wye River near Lorne south of in Melbourne. Fires yesterday destroyed 53 houses in the Otway Ranges. AAP Image - Keith Pakenham

Residents return to homes reduced to ash in Ocean Road fires

THE full extent of the damage caused by bushfires that raged through the Victorian hamlets of Wye River and Separation Creek has been revealed as residents are allowed to return home to inspect their properties.

Wye River locals were bussed in to survey their properties this morning, while those from Separation Creek were given a tour of their community on Saturday afternoon.

The media has also been taken on a tour of the charred landscape, which would normally be bustling with holidaymakers.

The Great Ocean Road is blackened on both sides, right down to the ocean, between Kennett River and Wye River.

On one hill in Wye River, a cluster of homes has been destroyed, while others nearby still stand among green trees.

Read more at ABC News Online

Merry Christmas to everyone. I am down at the fire in Wye River / Lorne.

Posted by Keith Pakenham on Friday, December 25, 2015


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