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Victoria Valley Complex update

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  12.09 PM 22 February, 2013

Location: District 5 News, District 16 News, District 17 News

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The Victoria Valley Complex fire now covers an area of approximately 31,500 hectares and has increased by 6,500 hectares since Thursday. This fire in not yet under control.

Approximately 291 fire ground personnel have been working with aircraft to suppress the fire in the GrampiansNational Park. “Camille” the Air Crane has proved extremely useful in fire fighting activities.

Unstable weather conditions may cause the fire to behave erratically today. Winds of up to 35km/h are pushing the fire in a south-westerly direction.

Watch and Act messages have been issued for the townships of Glenisla, Mooralla, Woohlpooer and areas within the VictoriaValley. An Advice message has been issued for the Cassidy Gap fire which is approximately 20 hectares and not yet under control.

Confirmed losses include approximate two sheds, 60 sheep, 15km of Fencing and 1500 hectares of private grassland.

The Henty Highway is currently closed from the Brimpaen-Laharum Road intersection to Mooralla and traffic management points are being manned 24 hours a day by Victoria Police. Traffic is being diverted from Horsham to Cavendish via the BalmoralTownship. Other road closures can be found on the Vicroads website. The Grampians Tourist road has been reopened.

The relief centre stationed at HorshamTown Hall was closed last night. Relief centres at BalmoralCommunity College and Hamilton Senior Citizens hall, are now on standby and can be reactivated at any time. All enquiries will be directed to the Hamilton Police Station.

Community Meetings are bing held today Balmoral Hall at 1:00pm and Dunkeld Bowling Club at 5:00pm.Representatives from various agencies will be present to provide information to the community and answer any questions.

Last Updated: 22 February 2013