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Devastated: At least 10 homes lost in south-west fires

Fire-ravaged communities in the state’s south west are today counting the cost of the weekend fires.

At least 10 homes have been destroyed in the blazes at Penshurst, Garvoc, Terang and Camperdown, which began on Saturday night with tens of thousands of residents receiving warning messages on their mobile devices.

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Emergency warnings were downgraded around 5pm yesterday but hundreds of people have spent a second night away from their homes while crews worked through the night to bring the fires under control.

The Insurance Council has declared the bushfires a catastrophe.

A significant amount of livestock have perished.

The army has been told to have generators on standby to help farmers continue working.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

“We’re most likely looking at lightning but it needs to be properly investigated,” he said.