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Seaton residents can return home

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire, People

  6.34 PM 19 January, 2013

Location: District 9 News, District 10 News, District 11 News

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Today, Emergency Services personnel from Vicpol, SES, CFA, DPI, S.P AusNet and local council worked tirelessly on the ground to assess, clear and make safe paths of travel for residents within the fire affected area.

This task has been hampered by many dangerous hazards along the way, however we can now give Level C limited access to SEATON AREA RESIDENTS/PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY and Essential Services ONLY.

This includes:

  • Residents of immediate area
  • People providing recovery and relief services
  • Council or VicRoads employees or sub-contractors
  • Business owners in the immediate area

Residents/property owners in the Seaton area will need to supply clear evidence/proof of occupancy within the area. This would be in the form of a photo ID (i.e. driver’s licence).

For others, it would require organisational ID, CFA/DSE Media Accreditation and suitable identification for business owners.

Without this, access will not be possible. If you find that you cannot supply any form of identification then you can attend the Heyfield Incident Control Centre (1 Firebrace Road Heyfield) to obtain a permit to access through the road block.

Bushfires can leave potential health hazards on properties. Residents please note the following steps to return to your home safely:

  • Wear protective clothing including sturdy footwear, heavy-duty work gloves and protective masks
  • Where at all possible try to avoid taking children onto fire-damaged properties

For further information about protecting yourself and family members go to:

Be aware that road safety conditions may have changed, there may be no signs, no line marking or safety barriers. Be aware that Emergency Services will also be in the area including heavy machinery clearing roads.

Stay informed through the CFA website (, by calling the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667, by listening to emergency broadcasters; ABC radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, SKY News Television and following CFA via Twitter (@cfa_updates) and Facebook (/cfavic) or the FireReady app.


Last Updated: 19 January 2013