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0700 Update: Drik Drik bushfire

UPDATE AT 0700: The Kentbruck-Portland Road fire is still being controlled and has increased overnight to 7050 hectares.

About 470 firefighters and incident management personnel from CFA, DSE, CFS (the South Australian fire service) and plantation personnel are on the ground at the fire with an additional 250 ready to come on tonight.

In addition, six graders, seven dozers and 10 aircraft are supporting control efforts.

Overnight, crews worked to consolidate control lines with strategic back burning operations to the south of Drik Drik.

With a south west wind change expected this morning, further works on control lines have also been conducted throughout the night using dozers to build mineral earth breaks.

A Community point will be set up at the Dartmoor Hall from 11.00am until 12.00pm daily until further notice. Community members can gather the latest information on the fire, view the latest maps and collect information on bushfires.

A Watch and Act message is still current.

UPDATE AT 2130: Emergency services are continuing to work to bring a large bushfire in south-west Victoria under control.

The estimated 5500-hectare fire is on Kentbruck-Portland Road, 18 kilometres southeast of Nelson.

A Watch and Act warning is current with the fire travelling in a northerly direction.

Police have doorknocked residents in the affected area to advise them of the threat and assist people wanting to leave.

Deputy Incident Controller Andy Cusack said a wind change had seen the fire activity increase this afternoon.

He said the fire could impact farming properties in the Drik Drik area, however, significant on-ground and aerial resources are working to control the blaze.

This includes around 475 personnel, 68 slip-ons, 38 tankers, six dozers, eight helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft.

Mr Cusack said people around the Glenelg River near Kentbruck could also be affected by the fire and had been asked to leave the area immediately.

Access to the river is currently restricted from the Princes Highway to Skipworth Springs.

A number of roads in the area are closed.

A Community information point will be established at Dartmoor Community Hall between 11.00am to 12.00pm daily until further notice.

For general bushfire information phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667 or www.cfa.vic.gov.au

For the latest warnings please visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or follow CFA on Facebook (/cfavic) and Twitter (CFA_Updates)

Stay Informed by: 

  • ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or watching Sky News TV.
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
  • Road closures: Check www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
  • Tourists: Stay away from the listed areas.
  • For life or property threatening emergencies: Call 000
Last Updated: 08 January 2013