Grampians fires: Gill Venn shares her story

AS A bushfire approaches, many residents make the choice to leave for a safer location.

For Wartook resident Gill Venn, the decision to leave her property on Thursday and stay in Horsham left her with one burning question: Would there still be a house to return home to?

Ms Venn is one of the lucky ones.

She said the bushfire went right around her home, coming up to some of her property but leaving her home and shed untouched.

"Even the chooks survived,'' she said.

Keep updated on the Grampians and Wimmera fires by following our rolling coverage here.

Ms Venn decided to retreat to Horsham after attending a community meeting at Laharum on Thursday afternoon.

She had no idea about the fate of her property until a neighbour checked on it for her.

"It is very good - it was a massive relief,'' she said.

"I've kept around my house fairly cleared because I know the dangers of fires.

"I felt reasonably confident about my house but wasn't sure about my shed.''

Ms Venn said she had planned to return to her property on Saturday afternoon but the continual threat of fires made her reconsider.

She said she felt for people who still did not know whether their home had survived the Grampians fires.

"I was lucky I had someone who could go there and see for me,'' she said.

"It's been pretty frustrating not knowing whether your house is still there, but I understand why we can't go back.''

Ms Venn thanked the Wimmera community, family and friends who offered her support .

She also shared her gratitude to the volunteers and fire-fighters involved in the bushfires.

"They work in these conditions - it's incredible,'' she said.

"I don't know how they could do that.

"I can't believe how big this fire was.''

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