UPDATE: People in the town of Mallacoota have reportedly been told to go into the water to try and avoid the flames, 7 News reports. Power has been cut to the town and both mobile and landline phone lines are down in parts.
Thousands of people have reportedly been forced to seek shelter on the foreshore at Mallacoota beach in Victoria, Australia, due to fast-moving bushfires, The Age reports.
There are currently eight bushfires reportedly burning in eastern Victoria Tuesday morning in Australia as the situation is considered to still be “very dynamic.”
Around 4000 people reportedly evacuated to the Mallacoota foreshore and braced for a wind change in the early hours of the morning, with the town being thrown into darkness at around 9 a.m. due to the heavy smoke.
Forecasters are currently predicted temperatures to remain mostly the same in the region, but a dip in wind speeds is expected.
Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp told the more than 30,000 tourists who were in the town of Lakes Entrance to evacuate on Sunday, immediately before the bushfires closed in.