TWO Victorian communities hit by the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires will mark the 30th anniversary with annual ashes cricket match.Aireys Inlet will face off against Macedon tomorrow in the traditional battle, which began a year after the fire almost wiped both towns of the map.
The fires on February 16, 1983 killed 75 people, destroyed more than 3000 homes and scorched around 230,000ha in Victoria and South Australia.
The Upper Beaconsfield community will hold a service at St John's Anglican Church, to be attended by Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, while the Panton Hill CFA brigade will stage a concert promoting awareness of the deadly fire to younger generations.
Meantime, South Australia's volunteer firefighters will remember colleagues killed in action at a memorial service at the Mt Lofty summit, an area that was devastated by the fires that swept through the Adelaide Hills.
The Ash Wednesday inferno remains South Australia's worst natural disaster with 28 people killed and almost 400 homes destroyed.