Fire devastation in numbers

WITH such large bushfires devastating the region it is easy to get lost in the numbers. Here are the statistics to this moment.

The Grampians fire is suspected to have started from lightning on Wednesday, January 15.

It is estimated to have burnt 52,000 hectares and the perimeter of the fire is 189 kilometres.

Current losses in the area include: 

* Approximately 90 structures including 27 houses and outbuildings and 63 sheds; 

* 3000 sheep (950 sheep missing); 

* 6 pieces of farm machinery; 

* 203 kilometres of fencing; 

* 2 hay sheds; 

* 1 woolshed; 

* 109 hectares of Olive trees. 

Current resources include 280 personnel, 26 tankers, 94 slip-on vehicles, nine dozers, four fixed wing aircraft and four helicopters. 

There are also a number of graders, excavators, tractors and support vehicles on scene.

A 78-year-old woman died defending her home at Roses Gap as the fires in the Grampians took hold. Investigations into her death are ongoing as police prepare a report for the coroner.

At the height of the Grampians Bushfire on Friday the blaze was so large it was creating its own weather which included lightning strikes.

The Black Range fire has burnt just over 1395 hectares.

Friday's top of 42.6 degrees Celsius was Stawell's fourth consecutive day of maximums above 41 degrees.

More than 470 people registered at the Stawell relief centre at the Stawell Leisure Complex while it was open.

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