MEGA GALLERY: Black Saturday

FIVE years ago today, the Wimmera experienced a day of furious flames.

A fire started at a lone power pole in the middle of a stubble paddock beside Remlaw Road.

Fuelled by strong winds and a record 45.7-degree heatwave, the fire skirted Horsham and raced into Haven, razing 10 homes in its path.

Many others were saved through courageous battles and the efforts of fire-fighters.

Thankfully, no lives were lost.

A wind change drove the fire across the Western Highway before it was stopped at the Horsham-Lubeck Road.

Today, we reflect on that day with a series of photographs from the Mail-Times archives.

All photographs are by Mail-Times photographer PAUL CARRACHER, unless otherwise stated.

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