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Update on Drik Drik bushfire

UPDATE AT 1730 ON 07/01/2013 : Emergency services are currently working to bring a large bushfire in south-west Victoria under control.

The 4000-hectare fire is on Kentbruck-Portland Road, 18 kilometres southeast of Nelson.

An Emergency Warning is current with the fire travelling in a northerly direction towards Drik Drik.

Deputy Incident Controller Andy Cusack said a wind change had seen 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 were being asked to leave the area immediately.

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

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Last Updated: 07 January 2013