Victoria's north swallowed by orange dust storm as bushfires rage

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A small town in country Victoria has turned orange as a powerful dust storm sweeps through the region. 

High winds in Mildura, in the state's northwest, caused the dust storm on Thursday as the temperature soared to 40C.

A code red fire warning is in place across the state, meaning residents have to be ready for the worst bushfire conditions. 

The Victorian country town of Mildura was covered by the cloud early on Thursday morning due to the northerly winds

The Victorian country town of Mildura was covered by the cloud early on Thursday morning due to the northerly winds

High winds in Mildura, in the state's northwest, caused the dust storm on Thursday as the temperature soared to 40C

High winds in Mildura, in the state's northwest, caused the dust storm on Thursday as the temperature soared to 40C 

'The sky is literally brown, the dust in the air is just so thick. The sky is now deep orange. And the wind is harsh,' a resident, who wanted to be known only as Leonie, told AAP.

'It is just atrocious. This dust, we have had it so often and it is becoming a norm for us.'

The mother, who works at a newsagency, said the store was 'full of dust' and she was having some trouble breathing because she has asthma.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman told Daily Mail Australia the visibility had dropped to three kilometres for most of the northwestern part of the state.

'The wind change has made it much worse and visibility has dropped to about 500 metres to a kilometre. Since then conditions have not improved a great deal,' the forecaster said. 

It is strikingly similar those which led to one of the worst dust storms in Australia's history nearly a decade ago. 

'The sky is literally brown, the dust in the air is just so thick. The sky is now deep orange. And the wind is harsh,' a resident, who wanted to be known only as Leonie, told AAP

'The sky is literally brown, the dust in the air is just so thick. The sky is now deep orange. And the wind is harsh,' a resident, who wanted to be known only as Leonie, told AAP

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