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The monument commemorates the efforts of the locals and numerous volunteers during the 2003 bushfire, and also recognises the pioneer history that was destroyed during the fires. 

Eighty-seven fires commenced by lightning in the northeast of Victoria on 8 January 2003. Eight fires were unable to be contained and joined to form the largest fire in Victoria since the 1939 Black Friday bushfires. The fires burned for 59 days before contained. The Alpine fires burned more than 1.3 million hectares, 41 homes, and 9,000 livestock, with thousands of kilometres of fencing destroyed. Areas affected included Mt Buffalo, Bright, Dinner Plain, Benambra, and Omeo.


Address:Snowy River Road, Suggan Buggan School House, Suggan Buggan, 3885
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.948284
Long: 148.336546
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Approx. Event Start Date:2003
Approx. Event End Date:2003


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th January, 2006
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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