Man, 39, charged over fatal Churchill fire
A 39-YEAR-OLD man has been charged over the Churchill fire in Victoria’s east which claimed 21 lives and destroyed scores of homes.
The suspect, who cannot be named, was charged at a local court,with one count of arson causing death and one count of intentionally lighting a bushfire.
Victoria Police said the man, who was arrested in Churchill at 4pm (AEDT) yesterday, had been moved to the Melbourne area for his own safety.
Fires still burning
Meanwhile, good weather will give firefighters little respite this weekend as 15 fires continue to burn across Victoria.
Country Fire Authority (CFA) deputy chief John Haynes said the main focus for 3000 firefighters on the job was to consolidate containment lines at all fire sites.
The blaze of most concern today was in the township Chum Creek, northwest of Healesville, Mr Haynes said.