THE Black Saturday fires will be felt by some people forever, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said today.Today the fourth anniversary of the February 2009 Victorian disaster, which also destroyed thousands of homes.
Premier Baillieu said the impact of the Black Saturday fires continued to affect people, particularly those close to the disaster.
"It's four years today since February 7, 2009, and obviously for a lot of people that's an emotional moment, an emotional anniversary," Mr Baillieu told reporters.
"But for those who've been in those areas, they understand that the impact of the Black Saturday fires and indeed the fires that started in the weeks preceding Black Saturday will be there forever.
"We're very mindful of that as a government and we reach out to those communities still.
"Even last week I was talking with those impacted and I know the depth of their feeling and the depth of their emotions and obviously with more than 170 lives lost, all of those families impacted, that's going to go on for a very long time."