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Jamieson Track fire update

2 January 2016

A pre-planned recommendation to evacuate was undertaken this morning at Kennett River, Grey River, Wongarra and Sugarloaf in addition to a total fire ban being declared today for the South West Region.

This was due to the hot and windy weather forecast that could change conditions at the Jamieson track fire.

If the forecast conditions do not eventuate today, and the fire remains within containment lines, residents will only be evacuated for 12 hours and be able to return at 10pm tonight.

Smoke may be visible due to increased fire activity at the Jamieson’s Track Fire today.

Members of the public are encouraged to monitor weather conditions and stay informed about fire activity in their area. If medical conditions are aggravated by the smoky environment seek medical assistance or contact the Nurse on call on 1300 606 024.

Incident Controller Alistair Drayton said well attended community meetings held at Forrest, Deans Marsh, Apollo Bay and Lorne yesterday ensured the community has been updated with current weather and fire information.

“With significant fire still in the landscape, community safety is at the forefront of our planning,” Mr Drayton said.

“We are doing this as a precautionary measure as a result of several hotspots in the Jamieson Track fire that have the potential to flare up under the right conditions.”

Emergency relief assistance is available the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information line 1300 799 232 or at the Apollo Bay Relief Centre at 34 Costin St. Apollo Bay.

Mr Drayton commended the community for their cooperation with fire authorities over the past few days.

“This has been a real team effort by all agencies and our job has been made that much easier through the cooperation of all involved.”