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One of the worse fires in the history of Australia were the 2009 Black Saturday Fires.  The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009.  This day coincided with the worst bush-fire-weather conditions ever recorded. Extreme heat, high winds, low humidity, and severe drought were all factors in fanning the flames on that tragic day.  This fire threatened the township of Toolangi, and most of Castella was impacted by the fire. Toolangi was saved due to a wind change.  The Fire that threatened Toolangi was started by a faulty power pole near Kilmore East just north of Kinglake West.  This fire destroyed the townships of Kinglake, Kinglake West, Pheasant Creek, St Andrews, Strathewen, with many other townships being impacted.  Another fire was also started by a faulty power pole at Murrundindi 20 kms south of Yea.  This fire destroyed a number of towns including Marysville and Narbathong.   Click here to see a map overview of the 2009 Black Saturday Fires

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