LENEVA FIRE DOWNGRADED: Residents to 'watch and act'

4.31PM:  The Beechworth-Wodonga Road is now open.

Firefighters have asked motorists to be aware of emergency vehicles travelling in the area for several hours. 

3.38PM: The warning for Leneva /Indigo Upper residents has been downgraded to "watch and act". 

The 100-hectare fire came close to threatening homes but firefighters say heavy rains came through just in time. 

Firefighters say the fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction from Brewers Road towards the Wodonga-Beechworth Road, which has now been closed.  

Motorists nearby have been advised to turn on their lights as smoke will affect visibility.  

CFA District 24 duty officer Adrian Gutsche said the fast-running fire had been slowed.

“At this stage it’s still going and there’s a fair bit of work to contain it, but it’s slowed right down,” he said.

The threat to homes had been reduced, but Mr Gutsche said residents were advised to keep their fire plans in place.

The fire started from lightning strikes about 12.45pm, in inaccessible scrub land near Brewers Road in the Indigo Valley.

Strong winds earlier had moved the blaze toward the Wodonga-Beechworth Road.

3.09PM UPDATE: Several homes on the Wodonga-Beechworth Road are under threat as a grassfire rages out of control.

Residents in the Indigo Upper/Leneva West area have been advised not to leave their homes as it is too late to evacuate.

Wodonga-Beechworth Road has been closed to traffic.

CFA District 24 duty officer Adrian Gutsche said the fast-running grassfire was about 100 hectares.

“With the winds coming through now it’s blowing the fire out of all containment,” he said.

The fire started from lightning strikes about 12.45pm, in inaccessible scrub land near Brewers Road in the Indigo Valley, and was now moving toward the Wodonga-Beechworth Road.

Water bombers from Albury, Ovens and Shepparton have been called in.

2.34PM: Firefighters on both sides of the Border are this afternoon battling blazes that are yet to be brought under control.

One home is under threat from a fire in Leneva, sparked by lightning about 12.45pm.

CFA duty officer Adrian Gutsche said the four-hectare fire near Brewer’s Road - between the Indigo Valley and Beechworth-Wodonga Road - was “pretty inaccessible” at the moment.

A water bomber from Albury is headed to the area, as well as a helitank from Ovens and another aircraft from Shepparton.

“It’s running across scrub land so parts have been contained but it’s not under control,” he said.

Meanwhile over the Border, about 25 fire trucks and 70 personnel are fighting a fire at Brae Springs on the Walla-Jindera Road, believed to be headed toward Gerogery.

A second fire is understood to be raging south of Walla.

An earlier grass fire on the Riverina Highway near the eastern side of Corowa is now under control.

Another three fires in the North East earlier today have also each been brought under control.

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