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Update on fires in far west Vic
Emergency services remain on scene at a bushfire near Casterton which is estimated to have burnt more than 1550 hectares.
The fire on B-Line Track is one of a number of fires that broke out last night and is believed to have been caused by lightning strikes.
Deputy Chief Officer Joe Buffone spoke to ABC TV at 1pm (Wed 21 Nov).CFA DCO Joe Buffone by cfavic
In total, fire services have responded to 12 fires, 11 which have been contained. It is estimated more than 2200 hectares has been burnt as a result of the fires around Casterton and Little Desert.
Smoke from the fires in South Australia and Western Victoria has swept across large portions of Victoria, including Melbourne. People with respiratory illnesses should stay indoors and if they are concerned or need further information, they should contact Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24.
Smoke could also make travelling on roads hazardous. Emergency services are advising residents to minimise travel in smoke affected areas.
You can stay informed via the CFA website, www.cfa.vic.gov.au, by phoning the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, following CFA via Twitter (CFA_Updates) and Facebook and by listening to emergency radio broadcasters.