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Mallee fires to take weeks to contain

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Firefighters say they’ve made significant progress on several large bushfires in Victoria’s northwest but it will take weeks to fully contain them.

Mildura incident controller Damien Kerr said the priority was to strengthen containment lines around three major fires burning out of control in national park and reserves, before the weather heats up again later in the week.

“These three fires have now burnt through more than 65,000 hectares, so we are dealing with large areas that will take several weeks to completely contain,” Mr Kerr said on Sunday.

“Slightly cooler temperatures today should allow us to carry out some impact assessments in more remote parts of the region.”

The major fires are burning at Wyperfeld National Park (Lake Albacutya), Big Desert Wilderness Park and Bronzewing Flora and Fauna Reserve.

The Bronzewing fire made a run towards Ouyen overnight on Friday, prompting a middle-of-the-night emergency warning for the town’s 1000 residents.

The Sunraysia Highway has reopened.

Murray Sunset, Hattah Kulkyne and Wyperfeld National Parks and the Big Desert Wilderness Park remain closed to the public.