The fire started at approximately 1545 hours on 12 February 2003 by a vehicle on the princess Freeway near the Churchill turn off.
The fire spread rapidly through blue gum and pine plantation (which is no longer present)
There had been a long drought leading up to this and many fires had been burning in the alps and ranges
The grassland and forest fire danger rating was very high, with a temperature of 29 degrees, relative humidity 25%, and winds 25-30km/h
Photos provided by Hancock Victorian Plantations (but may come from various sources)