Bushfire Raging in Australian Park

MELBOURNE, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A bushfire in Victoria, Australia, has consumed nearly 3,000 acres and is threatening a national park, the Country Fire Authority said Friday.

The Country Fire Authority said the bushfire in Grampians National Park is approaching residential areas in the Australian state such as Dadswells Bridge, Heatherlie and Ledcourt, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Area residents have been urged to implement their fire plans.

ABC said a number of spot fires have been caused by the major blaze, which was triggered hours earlier by lightning.

Department of Sustainability and Environment incident controller Geoff Evans confirmed five lightning strikes took place in the national park.

“Four of those resulted in nothing. One resulted in a fire,” Evans told the Melbourne Herald Sun of the lightning strikes around 6:40 p.m., local time.

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