IT'S a painful reality for locals devastated by bushfires which tore through the Carngham district.
The bushfire claimed nine houses, including the historic Carngham Station homestead, when it tore through the area near Ballarat last week.
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About 1300ha of land was burnt, while almost 800 stock died in the blaze.
Although the area has been considered safe, locals have been warned to stay alert as spot fires have continued to ignite.
Carngham locals Matt and Sally Thain lost their entire 3ha vineyard, which they have owned for eight years, after most of their 16ha property was destroyed by the bushfire.
"We lost about 20km of fencing and about 10km of trellising for the vineyard," Mr Thain said.
Mr Thain estimates the property damage at about $25,000, provided the vines survive.
According to Mrs Thain, they were lucky the flames did not reach their home.
"We're the lucky ones. I mean, we didn't lose our house and nobody was hurt," she said. "At least we've got somewhere to sleep. Hopefully the vines will bounce back."
Pyrenees shire mayor Michael O'Connor said Snake Valley Hall had been open during the week to provide affected locals with a range of support services.
"The other major thing, that we'll obviously need support for, is fodder for stock in the area," Cr O'Connor said.