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Death Toll Rising to 131; Australians Stunned At Loss

The death toll from Victoria's weekend bushfires has risen to 131 and an urgent threat message has been issued for more communities this afternoon.

A wind change this afternoon is causing the huge fire in the Latrobe Valley to flare up along its northern edge and authorities have issued an urgent threat message to residents in the area, telling them it is too late to try and leave.

Residents of Stanley, Bruarong, Dederang, Gundowring, Kancoona, Coral Bank, Glenn Creek and Running Creek, Kergunyah, Eskdale, Yackandandah and Little Snowy Creek are at risk.

Stuart Ord of the Department of Sustainability and Environment says all towns in the surrounding areas need to stay on alert for spot fires.

"The fire hasn't made any particular dramatic run," he said.

"It's not particularly threatening in any serious way at any towns but certainly there is active uncontrolled fire ahead

Added: Feb-9-2009 Occurred On: Feb-9-2009
By: bellava
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