Australian news service ABC.net.au reports the Great Divide fires have been contained.
“Victoria’s longest running bushfire has been declared contained after the Swifts Creek section of the fires, in the state’s south-east, was contained this morning.The Great Divide fires were started by lightning strikes in bushland 69 days ago.Farmers have lost stock, outbuildings, fencing and valuable fodder.
More than one million hectares of land has been burnt. New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans joined more than 19,000 firefighters from across Australia to fight the blaze.
The cost of the fire fight has blown out to more than $200 million. Firefighters now need to maintain control lines, patrolling and extinguishing any flare-ups and searching for hot spots.”