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Terrifying Images Show Raging Forest Fire Which Destroyed 116 Homes In Australia

Hundreds of people were evacuated as a fire tore through a popular Australian holiday location on Christmas Day.

Posted on December 26, 2015, at 5:38 a.m. ET

Out of control forest fires destroyed 116 homes in two communities in the Australian state of Victoria on Christmas Day.

Hundreds of people from the Wye River and Separation Creek areas were forced to evacuated as a fire tore through almost 5,500 acres of land over the holiday period, ABC News reported.

Fire service photographer Keith Pakenham captured these terrifying images of the blaze.

Keith Pakenham / CFA / Via Facebook: keith.pakenham
Keith Pakenham / CFA / Via Facebook: keith.pakenham

The fire swept through the Great Ocean Road, one of Victoria's most popular tourist destinations.

Keith Pakenham / CFA / Via Facebook: keith.pakenham
Keith Pakenham / CFA

More than 150 fire fighters, 60 tankers, six water bombers, and two large aerial tankers were called in to battle the blaze.

Keith Pakenham / CFA
Keith Pakenham / CFA

Pakenham said the dramatic appearance of "fire balls" in the sky was caused by "burnt or burning combustible products rising in the thermals of the fire."

Keith Pakenham / CFA

Pakenham said it will likely take several weeks for the fire to be extinguished completely.

Keith Pakenham / CFA

The Victorian government has announced assistance packages for those who lost their homes.

The area has been declared a catastrophe zone and damage is estimated cost more than $27 million.

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Parts of the popular Great Ocean Road will remain closed for up to a week.

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