4 Jan 2016

NZ firefighters get to work in Victoria

8:36 am on 4 January 2016

Rural firefighters from New Zealand will this morning begin helping their Australian counterparts fight to extinguish the last of the devastating Victoria bushfires.

A fire raging overnight has destroyed 50 homes in Victoria.

A menacing front from the Christmas Day fires in Victoria. Photo: CFA: Keith Pakenham

The fires destroyed 2300 hectares and 120 homes along the Great Ocean Road on Christmas Day.

They are not yet under control and were threatening more bush and homes.

Auckland firefighter Rory Renwick was one of 23 New Zealand firefighters in Victoria.

He told Summer Report they had been well briefed on what to expect.

"We do get extreme fire behaviour in New Zealand and elements are the same so yes the trees are different and their weather is different here but it is the same factors."

He said many fires were still burning because they had been impossible to access.

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