Man charged in relation to Aberfeldy blaze

A MAN charged with fire-related offences connected to the Aberfeldy bushfire faced the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court yesterday.

The man, 75 year-old Aberfeldy resident Grahame Ernest Code, is remanded in custody and will face the court again in early February.

Code is facing five charges including recklessly cause bushfire and causing a fire to be lit without written authority in a fire protected area during a prohibited period.

To date, the Aberfeldy-Donnelys fire has burnt more than 75,000 hectares of land in Aberfeldy, Heyfield and Seaton.

One person has died in the fire and more than 20 properties have been razed.

It is believed the fire may continue to burn for weeks.