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Terrifying Images Show Raging Forest Fire Which Destroyed 116 Homes In Australia

Hundreds of people were evacuated as a fire tore through a popular Australian holiday location on Christmas Day.

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Out of control forest fires destroyed 116 homes in two communities in the Australian state of Victoria on Christmas Day.

Hundreds of people from the Wye River and Separation Creek areas were forced to evacuated as a fire tore through almost 5,500 acres of land over the holiday period, ABC News reported.

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The Victorian government has announced assistance packages for those who lost their homes.

The area has been declared a catastrophe zone and damage is estimated cost more than $27 million.

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Parts of the popular Great Ocean Road will remain closed for up to a week.

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Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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