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Firefighters work around the clock on south west fires

POSTED: 
19 March 2018

Milder weather conditions have assisted firefighters working around the clock on Victoria's south west fires. 

Colac Incident Control Centre Incident Controller, Les Vering, said over 200 firefighters, 70 vehicles and 6 aircraft were continuing to work towards containing the fires. 

"Significant work was done overnight by ground crews to prevent the fires from growing further. The fires are not expanding, however there is potential for breakouts under higher winds. 

"The Terang fire is approximately 6,700 hectares, the Gnotuk-Camperdown fire is approximately 200 hectares, and the Garvoc fire is approximately 4,000 hectares.

"Access to the fireground has been difficult in some areas due to numerous fallen and hazardous trees and fallen power lines. The safety of our crews remains paramount.  

"Crews have been working with Powercor to make areas safe for continued fire suppression and for road reopening. This is a key focus for us.  

"Powercor are working hard to restore power to properties as quickly as they can.  

"The Princes Highway has now re-opened, however we remind everyone that many local roads remain closed and to check traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au for further information.  

"Our impact assessment teams are continuing to work in the area over coming days to assess property losses. So far we know of 18 houses.  

"A community meeting is planned today at 1pm at the Terang Civic Hall and we are encourage everyone to come along and hear about the current situation. We also have our community education units out and about in local communities for people to come and have a chat. One unit is located in Terang near the IGA and the other is in Cobden on Victoria Street opposite the relief centre.

To access up to date information and warnings visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au and for relief and recovery information, including hardship payments, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief